An intensive 4-week Master Class that explores the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction while paring down to the essentials for effective and salable short work.
Your Instructor: Stephen Graham Jones (author of Demon Theory and The Fast Red Road)
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
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Enrollment: Maximum Enrollment: 20 Students
"Last summer I taught a one-week MFA workshop, a hired-gun thing, three or four hours for five days, and, at the last moment before the catalogue printed, I came up with a title for it: "Your Life Story is Two Pages Long." Just because I thought it sounded cool -- not because I had any idea what to do with a title like that. However, I got lucky, came up with an exercise or three that ended up working, and that class, man, they produced such excellent stories. My only regret was that we couldn't run down all the rabbit holes that kept showing up along the way.
So, now, yep: "Your Life Story is Five Pages Long." Or, more to our purposes: four weeks long. This time I've built the rabbit holes in, I think. The first week we'll read and discuss, try to . . . not so much generate a vocabulary by which to talk about fiction -- you've already got that -- but a chance for us to know where everybody's coming from, storywise. We'll look at what's good, what's bad. What's real, what feels real. And always how to condense it further, how to pare and pare until just that beating heart is left on the page. Yours. But no, I'm not advocating nonfiction. What I'm pushing for, it's for your fiction to have that same feel that nonfiction has: that this isn't a lie. If you can just get your reader to buy into that, they'll accept anything else. That's what it's all about." -SGJ
Four intensive, mind-altering weeks, with the expectation the course will "sleep" on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, releasing the handbrake and squeezing the throtle again on December 26.
What This Class Covers
- prose that doesn't suck
- hook lines that hook
- endings that take a chance
- middles that don't bog down
- the complete absence of flashbackery
- indirect exposition
- alternate forms
- narrative economy
- faking your way to truth
Goals Of This Class
For you to produce something an editor will bite on, and for the tactics and techniques you learn for this single piece to bleed over into your next project, and the one after that, until it becomes instinct.
"I plan on doing a lot of vimeo (video sharing) for these four weeks -- including your critiques. On-line teaching isn't meant to replicate the chalk and paper classroom, but there's something to be said for being walked through a story out-loud and in a group." -SGJ
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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