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What do jokes, sex, and fiction have in common? No matter how good the beginning and middle are, they’re ultimately judged on how things end. How can an ending not just tie up the loose ends but actually add meaning to the work? We’ll talk through endings that work, endings that are sublime, and endings that fall flat. Whether you’re working on a story, novel, or memoir (or even poetry), whether you’re refining the last page or just starting your project, this class will give you your toolkit for a killer ending.
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared four times in The Best American Short Stories.