Classy Talk with Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum: Spring 2014

Posted Fri, 3/07/2014 - 4:27pm by  |  Category:

lunstrum.jpgWhat is the title of your class? 

Just the Basics: Essential Elements of Writing Fiction.”

People should take this class if… 

If you’ve never written, or you haven’t written in years—or even if you’re accomplished in another genre and are ready to try fiction as a new-to-you form—this class will give you a solid foundation in the basic elements of writing fiction, as well as an opportunity to workshop in a welcoming community of other beginning fiction writers.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?

I tend to forget it exists, but I do have a Facebook page that I check in on now and then. I’m also here.

What’s your teaching philosophy?

Writing is a practice. As a teacher, I work to guide students toward a clearer understanding of the foundational elements of fiction, introduce them to a diverse body of canonical and contemporary examples of narrative, offer them an instructive and supportive workshop space in which to test their own drafts, and encourage them in their individual practice as writers.

If you could have any famous actor read one of your pieces to you, who would it be and why?

I don’t even like people singing “Happy Birthday” to me.

What are you currently working on?

A story collection and a major revision of a novel.

What’s your favorite “rule” of writing to break in your own writing?

I love flashbacks. No apologies.

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?

Last night I started Lorrie Moore’s Bark. The beverage? A big mug of Bengal Spice tea.