Class Starts October 25th, 2021
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Led by Morgan Talty. Named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30,” his story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022). His work was cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories 2020 & 2021 and has appeared in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Morgan is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing where he teaches fiction and is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up.
Morgan's students have won Sarabande's Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and published work in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Harvard Review Online, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Notre Dame Review, The Southampton Review, McSweeny’s, Smokelong Quarterly, Flash Fiction Online, and elsewhere.
The goal of this course is to identify and understand how to use the basic elements of fiction such as point of view, characterization, plot, imagery, and tension.
Through reading, analyzing, and discussing published stories and essays about writing, students will be able to understand how stories work and don’t work. By the end of the course, students will have a strong sense of what kind of fiction they most enjoy and why.
Most importantly, we’ll learn how stories succeed by giving and receiving feedback on the fiction submissions we write and turn in over the next six weeks.
- Each participant gets to workshop two pieces, and the length can’t exceed 6000 words (so 12000 words max, counting the two workshops).
- Stronger sense of storytelling.
- Stronger sense of reading and analyzing how stories work.
- Stronger sense of giving helpful feedback to peers/writers.
- And a clearer sense of the type of fiction students want to write.
“Morgan Talty, in addition to being one of the fiction writers I’ve had the most pleasure working with, is also an exceptionally talented instructor and editor. Rare is the writer who can give others the same wisdom, experience and dignity one brings to one’s own work. Any writer at any stage of development would be fortunate to work with him.” -Rick Bass, winner of the 2016 Story Prize
“You couldn’t wish for a better instructor than Morgan Talty: smart, sensitive, thorough, the right combination of honesty and motivation. He’ll offer insights that will elevate your writing and inspire new ideas. I highly recommend him.” -Aaron Hamburger, author of Nirvana Is Here
“As a writer who has worked with numerous editors, I was struck by how conscientiously Morgan edited a short story of mine. With a keen eye for detail and an excellent sense of what to include in or leave out of a story, Morgan Talty caught several potentially embarrassing gaffes in a story I went on to publish. He was personable and professional in communications and always respectful delivering feedback. I am grateful for Morgan’s insights and would work with him again without hesitation.” –Alice H.
“Morgan has a unique gift as an editor. I’ve worked with plenty who have the impulse to make revisions based on how they believe a story should look, sound, and feel. Morgan took a refreshingly different approach, making an effort to really grasp the story I was telling and suggesting revisions that were true to my voice and the heart of the work. His edits pulled the piece together and made the language tighter in ways I hadn’t considered, and the piece was so much stronger for it. I would happily trust Morgan with any future writing.” -Jessica K.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.
Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Morgan and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.
You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Morgan engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.
HOW DOES WET INK WORK?
Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.
Instructor: Morgan Talty
Class size limited to 9 writers
Starts October 25th, 2021
Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.Instructor Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. Named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30,” his story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022). His work was cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories 2020 & 2021 and has appeared in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A current Lit Event Fellow for Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance as well as a recent recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Talty is a writing consultant and a college instructor who teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies. He lives in Levant, Maine.