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6-Week Online Fiction Workshop: Crafting the Perfect Story

"Andrew Ridker is a brilliant writer with a judicious editorial eye. His feedback is precise and always on the mark." - Peter Mendelsund, author of What We See When We Read

What makes a perfect story? What are its component parts?

In this class, we’ll deep-dive into an exploration of character, dialogue, setting, plot, and other core elements to bring our writing to the next level. By reading masters like Flannery O’Connor, Junot Díaz, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, we’ll investigate what makes their stories exemplary and apply those lessons to our own writing. We’ll talk about strategies for generating material and tools for revision. We’ll read each other closely, identify our individual strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately offer suggestions for improvement. Each student will workshop twice, complete a weekly craft assignment, and provide feedback on their classmates’ work. Students will also meet with me once on Skype or over the phone for a one-on-one conversation. At the end of this six-week course, students will have two workshopped stories in their arsenal as well as a community of readers that will hopefully extend beyond the online classroom. 

Andrew Ridker

Andrew Ridker’s first novel, The Altruists, is forthcoming from Viking/Penguin. It will be published in sixteen other countries. He is the editor of Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Guernica, Boston Review, The Believer, St. Louis Magazine, and elsewhere. He is currently an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Testimonials

"Andrew is an insightful reader and a generous, incisive editor. From the sentence level, where he is a master, to the soul of the work, which he sees profoundly, it would be hard to find a more empathetic reader. He transformed my writing."

former student

"I can't think of a pair of eyes I'd rather have on my work. As an editor Andrew is intuitive, caring, exacting, and candid. Every piece I've worked through with him has improved as a result."

former student

"It is rare to come across a voice as accomplished and original as Andrew Ridker's. THE ALTRUISTS is as entertaining as it is heartbreaking, and it has all the makings of an international sensation."

Michal Shavit Publishing Director, Jonathan Cape

Week 1: Jul 11-17th
Week 2: Jul 18-24th
Week 3: Jul 25-31st
Week 4: Aug 1-7th
Week 5: Aug 8-14th
Week 6: Aug 15-21st