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As fiction writers, we love the symmetry of a great sentence, the power of place and setting, the complexities of the mind and heart merging to contemplate experience. We also love plot. Really we do. It’s just hard to come up with ones that don’t feel dictated, contrived, stock. We’ll examine how to build and revise plots that grow organically out of a character’s choices, context, and desires. This is a workshop, and everyone will have their prose reviewed. We will also read and discuss stories by plot masters, such as Robert Stone, Flannery O’Connor, and Angela Carter.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
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.