Possibilities & Necessities: A Fiction Workshop
This workshop focuses on possibilities within a work of fiction—what are the possibilities and limitations found in choices of narrative point of view, syntax, time, memory, story structure, sentences, omission, openings, closure, objects, dialogue, and a narrative’s leaps and speed. What could be brought to the page and what should be left out of obvious sight so that a reader is willingly captured, ready to enter an essential fiction? How do we clear away obvious ways of sounding on the page in order to uncover necessary voices? What are our essential and necessary stories? How do we witness and render the physical world on the page? This is a generative workshop. Students should be ready to write all week and come away with new drafts and beginnings.
Victoria Redel is the author of three books of poetry and four books of fiction, including her newest novel Before Everything (Viking Penguin in the USA and Sceptre in the UK). Her work has been widely anthologized and translated into 11 languages. She is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.