Fiction | Master Class

Master Class in the Craft of Fiction with Nicole Dennis-Benn

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Nicole Dennis-Benn

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel, Here Comes the Sun (Norton/Liveright, July 2016), which has received a starred Kirkus Review and is deemed one of the best books to read this summer and beyond by the New York Times, NPR, BBC, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, Bookish, Miami Herald, Elle, O Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Flavorwire, After Ellen, BookPage, Cosmopolitan, Brooklyn Magazine, among others. Dennis-Benn has also recently been nominated for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

Testimonials

"An indelible portrait of a woman in motion. Nicole Dennis-Benn has created in Margot a fierce and fearless striver. A fantastic debut."

Laila Lalami author of THE MOOR'S ACCOUNT

"HERE COMES THE SUN is every bit as dazzling as its title suggests. Nicole Dennis-Benn draws us so deeply into the fates of her unforgettable characters that we can’t help but dream, suffer, celebrate, and grieve alongside them. Each page of this terrific debut vibrates with power, heart, and unflinching honesty—I couldn’t put it down, yet didn’t want it to end."

Mia Alvar author of IN THE COUNTRY

"In HERE COMES THE SUN, Nicole Dennis-Benn boldly takes on the emotional and psychosocial effects of colorism and classism, among other topics. Here is a story of love and betrayal within the parameters of friendships and families in one Jamaican community. Dennis-Benn has written a book that is full of culture and crackling with life."

Chinelo Okparanta author of UNDER THE UDALA TREES

"HERE COMES THE SUN, like its main character Margot, stuns at every turn, especially when you think you have it figured out. It’s about women pushed to the edge, Jamaica in all its beauty and fury and more than anything else, a story that was just waiting to be told."

Marlon James author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS

"HERE COMES THE SUN is a moving portrait of a Jamaican family and community wrestling with the great questions in life – how to live and love freely in a world filled with obstacles to both. Nicole Dennis-Benn’s exploration of Caribbean women’s desires for themselves and each other, is an important contribution to our literature."

Naomi Jackson author of THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL

"Nicole structures her workshop in a way that truly facilitated improvement in my writing. In addition to teaching writing techniques, Nicole exhibits a range of vision rarely seen in leading rich discussions of the works of noted authors. I also appreciated her generous feedback on my writing, which has helped me craft my poems and stories in new ways."

former student

"Nicole is an enthusiastic and free-thinking educator who magnifies the dialectic power of creative discussion. She helped me dig up my stories within and empowered my ability and confidence. Nicole also enabled me to write in a structured, but entirely unique way. "

former student

"Nicole Dennis-Benn is an excellent teacher. Nicole created a safe and supportive environment for students to express their creativity. The readings and writing exercises helped me to improve my skills and write with more confidence. I highly recommend Nicole to anyone interested in learning the craft of writing."

former student

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Location: Catapult HQ
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Location: Catapult HQ
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Location: Catapult HQ
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Location: Catapult HQ
Class Meeting
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Location: Catapult HQ