The Iowa Writers’ House is honored to announce that the Iowa Writers’ Workshop visiting instructor and top ten nominee on the ‘2016 Lit 50′ list, Rebecca Makkai, will be joining us for our September workshop. This workshop will focus on that for which Iowa has become famous– literary fiction. Makkai has designed this class for seasoned writers and beginners, bringing a breadth of knowledge and experience. Workshop details and registration links are below– all writers welcome!
THE WORKSHOP: The Basics of Fiction: For Newbies and Pros
The basic elements of fiction — arc, plot, conflict, reversals, development, resolution — are often both the first we learn and the first we forget. How can we shape surprising, memorable, suspenseful stories that are more than the sum of their parts? What does solid architecture look like for narrative fiction?
Our work on the building blocks of story will be essential for writers at any stage, in the same way a “yoga fundamentals” class would benefit both the seasoned and novice yogi alike. We will examine successful examples of narrative fiction as models, and we’ll also look at some of the wildest formal innovation being done today.
Bring stories in progress, notebooks of ideas, and writing tools. We’ll do more brainstorming and planning than silent writing or workshopping, and you don’t need to come to the class with any finished work — just a willingness to experiment and have fun.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House (a BookPage “Best Book” of 2014 and winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award) and The Borrower (a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference, Northwestern University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
WHEN: Friday, September 23- Sunday, September 25th
WHERE: The Iowa Writers’ House, Iowa City
FEE: $245, student price: $195
REGISTRATION DETAILS: Iowa Writers’ House