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4-Week Online Workshop: The Elements of Fiction, Starts August 1st, 2021
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4-Week Online Workshop: The Elements of Fiction, Starts August 1st, 2021

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Begins Sunday, August 1st, 2021

Open to All writers!

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Taught by Kritika Pandey, the overall winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. You can read her recent story "The Great Indian Tee and Snakes" published in Granta and forthcoming work in The Kenyon Review. Kritika is a Pushcart-nominated writer from Jharkhand, India, a graduate of the MFA for Poets and Writers, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and recipient of a 2020 emerging writer grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

This course is intended to understand how to pass time in works of fiction in an organic manner, how to better explore character through perspective and contrast, and how dialogue accomplishes multiple tasks at once.

We will also understand the role of brevity in writing, how to cultivate it, why repetition is an important element for narrative coherence, and how our lack of knowledge about what is to come next is not an impediment but a generative tool for fiction. All in all, we will learn writing techniques that confirm and unsettle our expectations even as they enrich our works.

Students are expected to share one short story/novel excerpt (1500 to 5000 words) for the workshop. In addition to reading and commenting on the words of their fellow writers, students will be required to read a few texts on craft, at times supplemented with an explanatory presentation, while other times being invited to analyze their own works through those literary lenses. 

List of craft readings (electronic copies will be shared in Wet Ink):

1) Not knowing: Donald Barthelme
2) Angles on Dialogue: Douglas Unger
3) Structural Unity in Fiction: Sandra Novack
4) Why I Decide to Kill Myself and Other Jokes: Douglas Glover


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 Kritika 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. Kritika engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.


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.

You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Kritika Pandey

  • Class Starts August 1st, 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.

Instructor Kritika Pandey is a Pushcart-nominated writer from Jharkhand, India, and a graduate of the MFA for Poets and Writers, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the recipient of a 2021 residency grant at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and a 2020 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is the overall winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, having been shortlisted for the prize in 2018 as well as 2016. Her works have appeared in GrantaThe Kenyon Review, The CommonThe Bombay Literary MagazineRaleigh Review, and UCity Review, among others, and have been translated into Malayalam, Italian, Bengali, Marathi, and Pashto.

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