Terese Svoboda: Re-Focusing Your Fiction

Meets: Every Thursday, six sessions


Dates: Feb. 2 - March 23

(Class will not be held on Feb. 9 or Feb. 23)


Time: 6:30 - 9pm


Sign up:

Members: $545
Nonmembers: $600



The reader has picked up your work, and it's up to you to be sure he doesn't put it down. This six-session advanced class will emphasize discovering where the story starts, whose story it is, and expanding a story's dramatic potential by narrowing its scope. We will review contemporary short stories for compression and efficient introduction of detail, and critique student stories according to their ambitions, beginning at the first meeting. For students who already have some serious experience with the challenges of writing literary fiction.

A recent Guggenheim recipient, Terese Svoboda is the author of six books of fiction, most recently Bohemian Girl, named one of the ten best 2012 Westerns by Booklist and an Historical Book of the Year Finalist in Foreword. PW deemed her a "fabulous fabulist" for Tin God, a finalist for the John Gardner Prize. "Astounding!" proclaimed The New York Post in a review of her memoir Black Glasses Like Clark Kent that won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and The Japan Times "Best of Asia 2008. Vogue lauded her first novel, Cannibal, a female Heart of Darkness. Live Sacrifice, a new book of stories, is forthcoming in 2017.