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One problem of writing workshops is that participants almost always finish reading the story under discussion, whether it has any urgency and momentum or not. In the real world, that’s not always the case. How do we get a sense of urgency into our stories that will suggest that something of real importance (to the narration, to the reader) is going on there? How can that urgency be conveyed? Captain Happen will come to our rescue. We’ll have examples from Alice Munro and Andre Dubus, among others. Participants will be invited to try some exercises using these elements, writing with great bravery.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Charles Baxter teaches at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of five novels, five collections of short stories, three collections of poems, two collections of essays on fiction and is the editor of other works.