2013 Workshop Description



SHORT FICTION — MASTER CLASS
Instructor: Peter Orner

William Faulkner said once in an interview that, after poetry, short stories were the most difficult form. Short stories are a kind of high wire act in prose. In them, we must drop a reader into a completely self-contained universe of our own making. And, unlike novels, we have so few words to work with. In this master class, we’ll be looking at a few fine examples of the short story, from Chekhov to Eudora Welty to Grace Paley, as well as more contemporary masters like John Edgar Wideman and Edith Pearlman. Above all, we’ll be examining—in an intense and careful way—your own stories with eye toward how your work immerses us, as readers, into a world that is entirely your own.




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