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Once a week Thursdays, 7:30 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT October 28 to December 9, 2021
Online via Zoom
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This workshop focuses on structuring a novel or short story around a propulsive plot that is truly satisfying for the reader. In advance of each meeting, participants will read a short lesson on craft along with each other’s submitted work. During class discussions, participants will focus on identifying techniques for understanding, developing, and deepening their writing, including distilling plot down to its essential conflict and outlining a story in order to strengthen its internal logic.
The course is an opportunity to learn about shape and structure, not only of the particular narratives discussed in class but of fictional narratives in general. It is open to writers working in any genre, at all experience levels, and at any stage of a writing project. The goal for this workshop is for participants to gain clarity on their own story and storytelling as a whole.
Please Note: There will be no meeting on Thursday, November 25th.
Julia Phillips is the debut author of the internationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Paris Review. She teaches at the Randolph College MFA program.
Photo Credit: Nina Subin
By Julia Phillips
By Julia Phillips
Published by Vintage
One August afternoon, two sisters—Sophia, eight, and Alyona, eleven—go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia. Taking us through the year that follows, Disappearing Earth enters the lives of women and girls in this tightly knit community who are connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty—open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, dense forests, the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska—and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused. In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, Julia Phillips’s powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.
About this series
We strive to make our classes the most inviting and rewarding available, offering an intimate environment to study with award-winning, world-class writers. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so whether you’re a fledgling writer or an MFA graduate polishing your novel, you’ll find a perfect fit here.
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