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Poets, said Wallace Stevens, are the priests of the invisible. This class introduces the elements of prose narrative to those who’ve dealt in that invisibility and would like to branch out. Through short readings and lots of generative exercises, you’ll learn about building character, establishing setting, and using imagery to create conflict, stakes, and tension between human beings, be they wizards, accountants, or astronauts. In the process, you’ll bring your poetic talents to bear on all aspects of the storyteller’s art.
No class May 26.
Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.