Every component of this workshop takes place in class: craft discussion, writing, editorial feedback, revision (with the option to begin second or third pieces) and advice on where to go with what you’ve produced. Students may wish to come in with an idea or two they’d like to work on in class, or they may decide to work extemporaneously, based on our writing exercises targeting character work, persuasive scene building, and plot; this model allows for both methods. Writers of all backgrounds and career stages will receive serious, creative, and enthusiastic advice on their work. An intensive drill in utilized spontaneity, this course is a way to get as much as possible out of a master class without the obligation to commit to preparatory work. You need nothing but to come ready to write and respond.
Alicia Oltuski is the author of Precious Objects, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her work has appeared in Tin House magazine, W magazine, NPR's Berlin Stories, and other venues. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she received a David Berg Foundation Fellowship, and a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania. Interviews and features with her have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.
"I've taken writing classes for over a decade at a variety of different venues. Alicia O. stands out as an extraordinary instructor. Her passion for writing and teaching is evident in her interesting assignments and well-thought out critiques. Her classes are also fun. I highly recommend her!"
"Beautiful and thrilling, PRECIOUS OBJECTS, sparkles with life. Alicia Oltuski tells both the story of her family, as glittering as the gems they sell, and the story of the diamonds that have taken them all over the world and across the generations. A fascinating and gripping read."
"I especially liked Alicia’s way of facilitating discussion to include everyone in our Flash Fiction class. She provided constructive feedback on everyone’s work and pushed us to be specific in our critiques. I was knocked out by her intuitive suggestions and observations about each piece— very creative way of seeing the possibilities in a piece of work. Sharing one’s work can be intimidating. Alicia made it comfortable and productive."
"The Flash Fiction course I took from Alicia Oltuski was very important for me on several levels. Alicia O is a skilled class facilitator, engaging the students and encouraging their participation. She also is very skilled at providing in-class, constructive feedback on student writing which is useful to everyone. She provides creative and innovative writing prompts and exercises. Overall, Alicia O. created a class where we were inspired to move forward with our writing with renewed motivation and new insights."
"Alicia Oltuski brings enthusiasm and skill to her teaching. A knowledgeable reader and writer of fiction, she gives incisive feedback on student work. Plus, she's a peach when it comes to encouraging and managing class participation. Take her course if you can."