This advanced fiction workshop will focus on developing an awareness of the choices we make on the page, with an emphasis on voice, style, and form. We’ll focus on honing your unique strengths as a writer, developing and exploring your individual interests, and identifying and developing points of tension in your stories to compel your readers to feel the plight of your characters. Each week, we’ll begin class with discussions of work by contemporary writers, which demonstrate techniques for you to utilize in your own writing. You’ll gain experience responding to each other’s work, and will leave this class with revision strategies and an expanded sense of your identity as a writer.
This class will meet over our text-only chat platform. There will not be any video or audio component to class.
- Supportive peer and instructor feedback on two fiction submissions
- One individual meeting with the instructor to discuss writing goals, as well as feedback and personalized reading suggestions
- Practical advice about preparing work for submission to agents and publishers
- Engagement and greater familiarity with contemporary fiction
- A supportive community that will give you confidence as a writer
Week 0: Welcome, Introductions
Week 1: Working Backwards, "Writing Off the Subject" by Richard Hugo
Week 2: Voice and Perspective, excerpts from "My Heart Hemmed In" by Marie NDiaye and "Goodbye, Vitamin" by Rachel Khong
Week 3: Consistency, "Gutshot: by Amelia Gray and "Going Out for a Beer" by Robert Coover
Week 4: Practice, "Good Old Neon" by David Foster Wallace
Week 5: Revision, "The Skol" and "Lavatory" by Diane Williams
Week 6: Publication, "Pitching and Moaning" by Tony Tulathimutte
Colin is the author of Revelation (Mutable Sound), Animal Collection (Spork), Fondly (Atticus Books), Coyote (Les Figues), and Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio). His novels have been translated into Italian and French. His latest novel, The Job of the Wasp, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2018. He was the winner of Les Figues Press's NOS Book Contest, a runner-up for Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Award, and a finalist for Gulf Coast’s Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. His writing has appeared in numerous publications.
"I've never read anything like [THE JOB OF THE WASP] before. Colin Winnette's voice is utterly unique, his writing delirious. This book is surreal, it's scary like a weird dream, and it is hilarious. He is a hugely talented writer."
“A witty and grisly gothic unlike anything I’ve ever read. You should absolutely read this.”
"THE JOB OF THE WASP is a madcap mystery, a macabre coming-of-age story and an unearthly fantasy—but it feels like childhood, like the world, like life."
“Colin Winnette is an enviable, natural talent, and to read him is a pure entertainment.”
"Killingly funny and wise to the ways in which humor and absurdity contain untold sorrow."