Telling the Truth in Fiction with Joann Smith

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Joann Smith
    2 hour session on Thursdays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    March 18 to April 15
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants
    $470

    Why do some stories touch us in ways that others don’t? How is it that some characters come alive and take up residence in our imaginations?

    Often the stories that speak most intimately to us are the stories that tell the truth -- sometimes beautifully, sometimes brutally.

    But the truth, as Oscar Wilde said, “is rarely pure and never simple.”

    In this workshop, we’ll ask questions of ourselves, each other and our characters. We’ll write, revise and repeat, and we’ll find the truth – in our plots, our descriptions, our dialogue and with our characters.

    A collection of Joann Smith’s short stories titled “A Heaven of Their Choosing” is forthcoming from 7.13 Books in 2021. She has had stories published in The Halcyone Literary Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Two Hawks Quarterly, Emerald Coast Review, The Examined Life Journal, Whitefish Journal, Clockhouse journal; servinghouse journal; Chagrin River Review, New York Stories, Literal Latte, Best of Writers at Work, Alternate Bridges, Image: A Journal of Art and Religion, So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, The Roanoke Review, The Greensboro Review, and The Texas Journal of Women and the Law. My story “Tuesday Night at the Shop and Shoot” was anthologized in Lock and Load: Armed Fiction, University of New Mexico Press; another story was selected by the editors of Best American Short Stories 2000 as one of the one hundred notable stories of the year.

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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class, 50% refund after 1st class, no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.