Short Story Writing Workshop with Marian Thurm

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 02:00 PM until Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 04:00 PM

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Marian Thurm
11 sessions, $660

This is a course in the writing of short fiction. We will focus on ways to bring your characters to life, on plot, point of view, narrative drive that propels the story forward, clarity of thought, voice, language, setting, and methods of revision. A genuine passion for the writing and reading of short stories is required for this course. As is fitting for a workshop, most of the class time will be devoted to the analysis and critiquing of student manuscripts. There will be, as well, readings in contemporary literature, and both in-class and take-home writing prompts intended to stimulate the imagination and to offer students the opportunity to work on various elements essential to effective storytelling.

Marian Thurm (BA, Vassar College; MA, creative writing, Brown University) is the author of four short story collections and seven novels. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Michigan Quarterly, the Boston Review, and many other magazines, and have been included in Best American Short Stories and numerous other anthologies. Her fiction has been translated into Italian, German, Swedish, Dutch, and Japanese. She has taught creative writing at Yale, Columbia, and Barnard, and in the MFA program at Brooklyn College.

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