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VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom) on Wednesday, 5/20 – 6/10 from 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm. This has been updated from the print catalog.
Introductory / Intermediate | MacDowell Fellow and Shirley Jackson Award-winning author Chavisa Woods will lead this generative writing workshop focused on writing with impact, creating tension, becoming aware of story structure, choosing a perspective, and equipping writers with new tools to build a meaningful and more engaging narrative.
Chavisa Woods is the author of 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism), Seven Stories Press, 2019; of which the New York Times said, “This book makes it’s case in stark, personal terms.”
Lambda Literary said, “I suspect this text will become a vital tool for teaching, reclaiming, and collectively mourning for years to come.”
Woods previous book, Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction collection, 225 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House) May, 2017; secured Woods the Shirley Jackson Award, The Cobalt Fiction Prize, the Kathy Acker Award in Writing, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
This book also received praise from actress Emma Roberts (American Horror Story/Scream Queens), and Booklist said of the collection, “This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices."
Woods other works include The Albino Album (novel, 600 pages) Seven Stories Press, March, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (short fiction collection, 200 pages) second edition release from Autonomedia/Umbearables, 2013, original publication by Fly by Night Press 2009.
A MacDowell Fellow, Woods’ fiction and nonfiction has received praise from The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Lambda Literary Review, The Riverfront Times, Pop Matters, and others.
Her fiction, poetry and essays have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Full Stop, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.
Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has presented lectures and conducted workshops on fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.