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Matt from New Zealand is reading This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz April 5, 2012 - 8:58pm

Anyone taking the Jon Gingerich class? I'm thinking about taking it. Jon writes some great columns for Litreactor, and the short story links from his website are great. Dude looks like he knows his craft. Your thoughts?

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Matt from New Zealand is reading This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz April 6, 2012 - 11:39pm

Bump! Anyone?

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest April 6, 2012 - 11:55pm

I kinda feel bad that no one has posted on here yet, so I will. But, I don't know anything about Jon's work, so I won't comment on it. Sorry if I got you excited. :)

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Matt from New Zealand is reading This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz April 7, 2012 - 2:08am

:) Thanks Ryan, but someone will post ... won't they?

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 7, 2012 - 8:50am

Reading his class syllabus, it looks like a great class, especially for people (like me) who have stories sitting around that are finished and polished but missing the special spark that takes the characters and plot from acceptable to publishable.

It also seems to focus on the second-draft basics that a lot of people forget, like writing the cliches out of the story and tightening dialogue.  

The guy is an editor and a writer, so he knows both sides of the writing world, so there are a lot of things to pick this guy's brain about.

I'd take it.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 9, 2012 - 1:47am

I would take the Clevenger or Ketchum class.

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Matt from New Zealand is reading This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz April 10, 2012 - 12:33am

Yeah, Clevenger and Ketchum would be great classes. I understand Ketchum's class is coming up again soon. I don't think Craig is scheduled to teach again soon, is he?

especially for people (like me) who have stories sitting around that are finished and polished but missing the special spark that takes the characters and plot from acceptable to publishable

Howie, I agree. This is exactly what I was thinking when I read through the syllabus for Jon's class. That, and the focus on short stories, specifically, is what appeals to me.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 10, 2012 - 1:19am

He's supposed to teach in the spring, but I don't know what that means. There's a class schedule.