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Threading the Needle: Writing Your Novel-in-Stories with Regina Porter


6 sessions, in-person meetings

Once a week Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm April 2 to May 7, 2019

What are the narrative threads or ties that bind certain short story collections together? What is a Novel-in-stories? This six week course will help writers develop strategies to create, sustain and interlink compelling characters, plots, and narratives. During workshops, students will discuss one another’s work in a constructive and nurturing environment. We will also study the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jamel Brinkley, Jennifer Egan, Lauren Groff, Yiyun Li, Tony Marra, Tommy Orange, Tim O’Brien, Jamie Quarto, Elizabeth Strout, Nafissa Thompson-Spires and Vu Tran, to better understand the ways individual writers tackle language, POV, and place in fiction.

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  • Regina Porter

    Regina Porter

    Regina Porter

    Regina Porter’s debut novel The Travelers is forthcoming from Hogarth Books. Ms. Porter is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Ms. Porter is a 2018 Jentel Resident, a 2017 Tin House Scholar, and a 2018-2019 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholar. Her fiction has been published in the Harvard Review and will appear this winter in Tin House. Regina is also a playwright. She has worked with Playwrights Horizons, The Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Women’s Project, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and Horizons Theater Company. She has been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth by Broadway Play Services, and Heinemann’s Scenes For Women by Women. Her writing has also been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History & Criticism by University of Alabama Press. Regina lives in Brooklyn.