Saturday & Sunday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm July 25 to July 26, 2020
2 – 4pm ET / 11am – 1pm PT
This two-day workshop will focus on voice, and how voice can drive a story, at times even define it. We will discuss different types of voice, the authorial voice as well as the voice of the characters. Each session, the instructor will provide readings from contemporary writers and facilitate discussion. Students will be given an assignment to generate a piece of writing in between sessions, and will leave this course with a stronger sense of voice, style and personal narrative.
This course will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the start of class.
Weike Wang is the author of Chemistry, winner of the 2018 PEN Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her doctorate in public health. She received her MFA from Boston University. Her fiction has been published in literary magazines, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, the New Yorker, and Ploughshares, which also named Chemistry the winner of its John C. Zacharis Award. A “5 Under 35” honoree of the National Book Foundation, Weike currently lives in New York City.
By Weike Wang
By Weike Wang
Published by Vintage
At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of Weike Wang’s debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: she is studying for a prestigious PhD in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied), and her successful, supportive boyfriend has just proposed to her. But instead of feeling hopeful, she is wracked with ambivalence: the long, demanding hours at the lab have created an exquisite pressure cooker, and she doesn’t know how to answer the marriage question. When it all becomes too much and her life plan veers off course, she finds herself on a new path of discoveries about everything she thought she knew. Smart, moving, and always funny, this unique coming-of-age story is certain to evoke a winning reaction.
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