Ryan Boudinot is teaching a class, “Master Class in Short Fiction” (as well as “The Language of Short Stories” and “Bringing Your Novel into the World)” at Richard Hugo House this spring. He took some time to answer some questions for us.
What is the title of your class?
People should take this class because?
We’re going to storm the castle of American literature with our stories! We’ll breach the gate with our prose! Fire your volleys of metaphors!
What are you reading right now?
Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts, The World Doesn’t End by Charles Simic, Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey, Andri Magnusen’s Lovestar…
What excites you about the material you’re teaching?
I had an incredible experience teaching my last fiction master class at Hugo House and am eager to come back for more. I found the students so engaged, thoughtful, and talented. It’s such a treat and inspiration to discover a wide variety of work.
What do you like best about teaching at Hugo House?
What book(s) made you want to write?
Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins; The Stand, Stephen King; My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, Mark Leyner; Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace; The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon; The Summerfolk, Doris Burn.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Avoid passive voice and distrust adverbs.
If you could have coffee with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Bruno Schulz. I’d have a Polish translator with me.
What’s your favorite book? If you could pair it with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, what would you choose?
My favorite book that I read in 2012 was Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, which could only really go with a lukewarm can of PBR.