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This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
All Levels | Murakami’s short fiction is known for its anonymous protagonists, enigmatic conversations, open-ended mysteries, and for combining the surreal with the quotidian. In this class, we’ll explore what makes these elements resonant and effective, looking closely at representative work like “Burning” and “New York Mining Disaster.” Through discussion, writing exercises, and instructor feedback, each student will work towards producing a full draft of their own Murakami- esque story. Cats and ghosts welcome.
John Englehardt is a fiction writer, editor at Pacifica Literary Review, and a former Made at Hugo House fellow. He won the 2014 Wabash prize in fiction, the Conium Review's 2014 Flash Fiction Contest, and The Stranger's A&P story contest, judged by Sherman Alexie and Rebecca Brown. He holds an MFA from University of Arkansas, and his writing has appeared in Sycamore Review, The Stranger, Seattle Review of Books, and The James Franco Review.