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.
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.
By Regina Porter
A gripping new novel with a distinctly American edge, THE TRAVELERS highlights the lives of two families—meet James Samuel Vincent—an affluent New York attorney who shirks his modest Irish American upbringing but hews to his father’s wily nilly ways; and Agnes Miller Christie—a beautiful African American woman who encounters tragedy on a Georgia road that propels her to a new life in the Bronx; Eddie Christie, a recently married sailor on an air craft carrier in Vietnam and the Tom Stoppard play that becomes his life anchor; an interracial couple, both academic scholars, who travel to far of Brittany to save their aching marriage; Eloise Delaney, the unapologetic lesbian starting life over again in 1970s’ Berlin; a black moving man stranded during a Thanksgiving storm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and two half-brothers who meet for the first time as adult men in a crayon factory.
Spanning the 1950s to Obama’s first year as President, THE TRAVELERS is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today. With its piercing humor, dialogue and sense of place, THE TRAVELERS introduces readers to a cast of characters destined to make a lasting impression.
Members Only: The LiterariansFree
Wednesday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm December 18, 2019
Recent Irish Literature: The Nightmare and Dream of History$150
Once a month Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm January 30 to May 28, 2020
Reading Group: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666$150
Every Three Weeks Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 12 to May 6, 2020
Proust I with Damion Searls – Spring Term$250
Once a month Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 20 to June 25, 2020
Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South$140
Once a month Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 25 to May 26, 2020
Graham Greene: Belief and Doubt$160
Once a month Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm February 26 to June 24, 2020
Dystopian Fiction, Past and Present$140
Once a month Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm March 10 to June 2, 2020