Classy Talk with Nancy Kress

Posted Thu, 3/06/2014 - 2:52pm by  |  Category:

Nancy newWhat is the title of your class?

The Short Story for Beginners

People should take this class if…

…you have always wanted to write fiction but somehow never got around to it. Now you have an idea for a story, or maybe just a sort-of-idea, and would like help in turning that into a real story.

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

Yes. Send me a message on Facebook.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?

I’m the author of 30 novels and more than 100 short stories; many are available through Amazon in print or Kindle formats; ditto B&N for the Nook.

What’s your teaching philosophy?

You learn to write by writing—practice practice practice!—but some craft techniques can be learned faster with both professional guidance and feedback from other readers.

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

Richard Burton because of that wonderful voice. Unfortunately, he’s dead, but you can’t have everything.

What are you currently working on?

A novel about a coming apocalyptic disaster.

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

Show, don’t tell. Exposition is sometimes very effective—if you know how and when to use it.

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

I am reading a nonfiction book on parasites. No beverage would make some of these critters more palatable, not even a double Scotch. However, parasites are fascinating.