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Once a week Thursdays, 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST September 22 to November 10, 2022
Online via Zoom
This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Randy Winston at [email protected].
Writing a novel often feels like you are scaling a mountain with no peak. Your climbing gear has worn itself out leaving you with scraped knees and elbows. In this course, we will approach our work with kindness and open-heartedness. Students will workshop their pages on a weekly basis and together we will hold discussions about character development, dialogue, narrative drive and pacing, point of view, structure, and anything else that is a pressing issue within the work. Come with a willingness to learn what your strengths and weaknesses are and how to use that vital knowledge to your advantage. Over the course of the eight weeks, we will laugh, play and have fun within our work as we accomplish more with joy than with grief.
Keisha Bush was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a business degree from Bentley University, an MFA from The New School, where she was a Riggio Honors Teaching Fellow, and recipient of an NSPE Dean’s Scholarship, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology at Harvard University. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Moulin à Nef, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and Electric Lit. She is the author of No Heaven for Good Boys, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and the children’s picture book My Family Tree (Scholastic).
By Keisha Bush
No Heaven for Good Boys
By Keisha Bush
Published by Random House
Six-year-old Ibrahimah loves snatching pastries from his mother’s kitchen, harvesting string beans with his father, and searching for sea glass with his sisters. But when he is approached in his rural village one day by Marabout Ahmed, a seemingly kind stranger and highly regarded teacher, the tides of his life turn forever. Ibrahimah is sent to the capital city of Dakar to join his cousin Étienne in studying the Koran under Marabout Ahmed for a year, but instead of the days of learning that Ibrahimah’s parents imagine, the young boys, called Talibé, are forced to beg in the streets in order to line their teacher’s pockets.
To make it back home, Étienne and Ibrahimah must help each other survive both the dangers posed by their Marabout, and the darker sides of Dakar: threats of black-market organ traders, rival packs of Talibé, and mounting student protest on the streets.
Drawn from real incidents and transporting readers between rural and urban Senegal, No Heaven for Good Boys is a tale of hope, resilience, and the affirming power of love.
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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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