Begins Monday, January 31st, 2022
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Jenny Bhatt's debut story collection, EACH OF US KILLERS, made The Millions' Most Anticipated Debuts, Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Debuts, KIRKUS, & Electric Literature's Most Anticipated Debuts in 2020! You can read Jenny's latest short story at Electric Literature, recommended and introduced by Elizabeth McCracken. Jenny's story, "Return to India," will appear in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021. ForThe Millions' 2020 Year in Reading, Jenny wrote about the two texts she uses for this advanced fiction workshop. Read Jenny's great essay here.
The purpose of this workshop is to revise new, unpublished work—a short story or a novel excerpt—and bring it to a refined stage of completion. We will go beyond the fundamental techniques of plot, characterization, scene, setting, dialogue, point of view, pace, etc., to dive into form, structure, theme, style, voice, syntax, etc., and how all of these aspects interplay with content. Our discussions will deal with how to bring together both plot and prose, substance and style, in innovative ways to allow a deeper level of reader engagement, immersion, and reflection.
Has taken a creative writing workshop before;
Has mastered fundamental craft techniques of plot, characterization, scene, setting, dialogue, point of view, pace, etc.;
Is looking for targeted, comprehensive, constructive criticism of a work-in-progress;
Has an ongoing regular writing practice.
Writers will come to class with a 25-page work — a short story or a novel excerpt — that is ready for feedback. This will be submitted ONE WEEK PRIOR to their assigned workshop date via email to the instructor in MS Word format (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman.) In total, there will be TWO opportunities for peer reviews.
For each submitted work, the rest of the workshop participants will prepare their two-page typed feedback around specific evaluation criteria prior to group discussions.
STUDENTS LOVE WORKING WITH JENNY:"The class exceeded my expectations. Jenny is very knowledgeable and also approachable. She does a good job of creating a safe space to share your work and provides very helpful critiques. Rather than providing general narrative feedback Jenny breaks down her feedback into categories to provide an in-depth, cohesive plan for your next revision. I now have a much clearer path of how to improve my writing and my next steps." -Leighanne S.
"Working with Jenny exceeded my expectations. Jenny provides so much feedback and resource information. Every hour spent with her has improved the way I approach my craft. I would encourage anyone who is looking to sharpen their skills to work with Jenny." -Cindi S.
"Everyone's critiques were so beneficial. I really appreciate the additional readings Jenny suggested, too. It's always nice to see how other authors are creative with structure and point of view. This class definitely exceeded my expectations." -J.W.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class will have a weekly Zoom meeting, weekly deadlines, and plenty of interaction with Jenny and your peers with the addition of a Wet Ink, a 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. Each writer will have the opportunity to submit their work, receiving detailed feedback from their peers as well as Jenny; follow-up questions and conversations often occur. Jenny engages with these discussions throughout the week.
Danielle Morvan interviewed Jenny and the result is this great conversation about the Desi books podcast that Jenny created to help bring awareness and visibility to South Asian writers, her upcoming book, EACH OF US KILLERS, and her upcoming Advanced Fiction Workshop.
Instructor: Jenny Bhatt
Class size limited to 9 writers
Class starts January 31st, 2022
Course is fully ONLINE; students will have a weekly Zoom meeting and can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines in Wet Ink. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
If you have questions, please contact us HERE.
Instructor Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, and book critic. She is the founder of Desi Books and teaches creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas. Her debut story collection, Each of Us Killers: Stories (7.13 Books; Sep 2020) won a 2020 Foreword INDIES award in the Short Stories category and was a finalist in the Multicultural Adult Fiction category. Her literary translation, Ratno Dholi: Dhumketu’s Best Short Stories (HarperCollins India; Oct 2020) was shortlisted for the 2021 PFC-VoW Book Awards for English Translation from Regional Languages. Her writing has appeared in various venues including The Atlantic, NPR, BBC Culture, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Dallas Morning News, Literary Hub, Longreads, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Electric Literature, and more. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas.