Begins Monday, September 13th, 2021
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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The purpose of this workshop is to revise new, unpublished work—a short story or a novel excerpt—and bring it to a refined stage of completion.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." -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 September 13th, 2021
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 reviewer. She is a Contributing Editor (Books) at PopMatters, where she also writes a monthly column on short stories. Her debut short story collection, Each of Us Killers, will be out with 7.13 Books in September 2020. Her literary translation of Dhumketu’s best short stories will be out in December 2020 with HarperCollins India. Her fiction-writing has won Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories nominations and reached the finalist stage for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. Her non-fiction has appeared or is upcoming in, among others: The Atlantic, NPR, Washington Post, BBC, Literary Hub, Longreads, The Millions, PopMatters, Scroll.in, The National Book Review, and more. Her work-in-progress novel is a literary thriller featuring ten protagonists who live across three continents and come together during a nine-day Indian festival to set a new world event in motion. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in the Dallas, Texas suburbs. Find her online at jennybhattwriter.com.