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Powerful fiction: you know it when you read it, but how do we write it? Students will examine work from contemporary fiction masters, including Sherman Alexie, Denis Johnson, and Alice Munro. Then we’ll work on the “secret ingredients” for emotional resonance—the specific techniques that can catapult a story into a work of art, including transcendent details, the Law of Threes, and importance of the ear.
Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Seattle. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.