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Sunday, April 8 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10I: The Whole Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Most seminars on the craft of fiction are predicated on…well, on a kind of fiction: we analyze a specific element of writing (voice, dialogue, POV) as if such elements operate independently, when of course they’re intertwined and inseparable. In workshops, too, we often focus on one problem here, another there, paying scarce attention to the overall accumulation of the whole.

In this seminar, our approach will be at once more meticulous and more holistic. Together, we will analyze, line by line, an entire (brief!) story. Any successful story must be greater than the sum of its parts, but the reader can only experience it one part at a time, in the order in which the words (and punctuation marks) appear on the page. By examining a whole story, word by word, we will hone our understanding of how a writer manipulates the reader’s necessarily linear experience of a narrative…the better, of course, to write our own fictions.

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Michael Lowenthal

Michael Lowenthal is the author of four novels: The Same Embrace, Avoidance, Charity Girl (a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and Washington Post “Top Fiction of 2007” pick), and The Paternity Test (an IndieNext List selection and a Lambda Literary Award finalist... Read More →

Sunday April 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT
Winthrop Room - 4th Floor
  Block 10, Discussion Class