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Dark and Luminous: Detail in Fiction with Amina Cain (Sold Out)


6 Sessions via Zoom

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Once a week Thursdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT October 8 to November 12, 2020

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Thierry Kehou at

When it comes to writing fiction, we often think first and foremost about plot and narrative; in other words, the larger picture. But what happens when we turn our attention more fully to detail, as a painter might, to the smaller points in our work, across which narrative might also unfold? Working from the idea that one or two sharp and interesting details is worth more than an entire paragraph of general description, this six-week course will look closely at the use of detail in our work, and the work of others, to see how we might engage with it in a rich and lively way.

In addition to weekly workshops, mini-lectures, and occasional writing prompts, we will read (and talk about detail within) short stories and novel excerpts by writers such as Marie NDiaye, Brian Evenson, Tove Jansson, Sofia Samatar, Elena Ferrante, and Jorge Luis Borges.

This workshop is most suited for those who have already learned about the fundamentals of fiction and have some experience writing it, even if still a beginner.

Capacity: 12 students

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.

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    Amina Cain

    Amina Cain

    Amina Cain is the author of the novel Indelicacy, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in February 2020, and two collections of short stories: Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press). Her writing has appeared in Granta, BOMB, the Paris Review Daily, n + 1, and other places. She lives in Los Angeles.