"This course was exactly what I needed. I came away from Shelly's class with renewed creative energy." - former student
Whether you're a seasoned writer or a beginner, it's likely that at times you feel down about your work, stuck, or blocked. Borrowing from a wide range of thinkers--from Adler to Julia Cameron--this class will explore various techniques, practices, and exercises that can help you navigate these challenges when they arise, and feel overall freer on the page. We will familiarize ourselves with different theories of creativity and approaches to creativity-unblocking, experiment with some of the tools they propose, and produce new work in the process. Writers will leave two brand-new stories, and a greater ability to work through the trials and tribulations of the creative life.
Shelly Oria's book of short stories, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG & Random House Canada, 2014) earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction among other honors. Shelly's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and McSweeney's among many other places, and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. A recipient of grants and fellowships from MacDowell, LMCC, and the Sozopol Seminars in Bulgaria, she lives in Brooklyn and has a private practice as a life & creativity coach. www.shellyoria.com
“These are dazzling and daring stories from the extraordinary Shelly Oria, a writer I was thrilled to discover. Oria captures her characters at their most vulnerable, exposing their true natures in flashbulb bursts of surprising, exhilarating action. She's got style to burn, obsidian wit, and a deep feeling for the subterranean choreography between people's daylit and shadow selves. In NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0 Oria makes exquisite music out of the fragility of human relationships.”
"...these questions have been dogging us since the modernist era, if not before it, but Oria manages to put an original spin on them... In Oria’s work, it’s hard to trust in God, in each other, in our own selves, even in words."
“The dangerous, ambitious, and cosmopolitan women who dominate the pages of NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0, break hearts indiscriminately—female hearts, male hearts, sometimes both at once. Likewise, the wit, sparkling intelligence and sensitivity of Shelly Oria’s story collection seduces you, abandons you, and leaves you craving more.”
"...so affecting, so expertly constructed..."
“I would call this inventive collection a ‘promising debut’ if the promise weren’t already fulfilled.”
"Shelly Oria is a true Romantic. Her debut collection contains heartache, longing, and three-ways. NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0 is touching and funny and insightful. The desire to find a home, whether with a person or in a place, haunts this wonderful collection. These stories reminded me of the subtle melancholy so present in writers like John Cheever and Jhumpa Lahiri. Shelly Oria is a gifted new writer."
“In NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0, Shelly Oria shows us the parts of ourselves that we most fear. And by rendering their brokenness, loneliness, and magic so tenderly, she shows us how to be tender. With her unflinching gaze, she shows us how to see.”