8-Week Online Intermediate Fiction Workshop, starts August 10, 2020
Begins Monday, August 10, 2020
This is a class intended for writers who have taken at least one workshop or have a regular writing practice.
As writers, we create a story’s world by playing with and distorting reality but also by staying closely within its boundaries and following its rules. If you’re writing realistic fiction, it’s a fairly tricky concept to master. But fashioning believable worlds isn’t only what we do, it’s also the basis of every successful story. In this fiction workshop, we will examine the importance of creating believable and immersive worlds that hook a reader from the start and keep him coming back for more.
Taught by novelist and short story writer David Samuel Levinson, this intermediate workshop is designed to make you a better writer, reader, and editor of fiction. We want you to come away from this course able to see more deeply and fundamentally into yours, as well as others’ work, and we want to expose you to a wide range of what is possible in the form. This course is geared for writers with a regular creative writing practice. If you have mastered the essential elements of craft and are looking for a rigorous workshop ready to offer in-depth constructive criticism on your works in progress, this is the class for you.
David has selected a book of craft essays, a number of individual short stories, and a novel excerpt for the workshop to work through and discuss in class. But the primary focus will be to read and respond to the stories you and your peers submit to the workshop. Many writers learn as much, if not more, about how to rewrite their own work by editing others than they learn from feedback to their own writing, so we’ll take this part very seriously. Students will have an opportunity to present their work twice to be workshopped. Each submitted manuscript will receive typed, formal feedback from both the instructor and classmates. Students’ participation in every area of the class is essential. At the end of the workshop you will have gained fresh perspective on your hard-won work and a clear direction as far as getting your writing ready to submit for publication.
NOTE: Students are required to purchase On Writing by Eudora Welty as the foundational text for the course. Along with a course syllabus, a PDF of individual stories will be distributed to the class via email ahead of the class start date.
Instructor: David Samuel Levinson
Class size limited to 8 writers
- August 10, 2020 to September 28, 2020
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 David Samuel Levinson is the author of the novels Tell Me How This Ends Well, Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence, and the story collection, Most of Us Are Here Against Our Will. He's received fellowships from Yaddo, the Jentel Foundation, Ledig House, the Santa Fe Arts Institute, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Marguerite & Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers. His stories and poetry have appeared in storySouth, The Brooklyn Review, Prairie Schooner, The Toronto Quarterly, West Branch, and Post Road, among others. He served as the Fellow in Fiction at Emory University from 2013 to 2015. He’s taught online at NYU and UCLA’s Writing Program.
Praise for David Samuel Levinson
"Essential reading for our times..."
—MATTHEW THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author of
We Are Not Ourselves
"A wickedly funny, intelligent examination of the dynamics of a uniquely strange family, and David Samuel Levinson guides these characters through a plot that intensifies in such unexpected ways. Against a backdrop that feels both terrifying and yet utterly plausible, Levinson again and again finds ways to make the struggles of this clan explode with a kind of humor that most writers could not dream of pulling off. A daring, memorable novel."
—KEVIN WILSON, author of The Family Fang
". . .an absolute joyride through the dark, beautiful terrain of the near future. Reading these pages is such a deep pleasure for the reader, to see these crystalline sentences pour forth, each one full of life and imagination. I loved this book, and will continue to read it."
—REBECCA LEE, author of Bobcat and Other Stories
"Tell Me How This Ends Well is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road doing 70 mph in reverse on the 405. David Samuel Levinson’s dystopian vision is deeply strange in the best way, perverse and precise and teeming with life, reminiscent of George Saunders, Flannery O’Connor, Nathanael West. A comic novel firing on all cylinders, with one eye on the highway and the other to our future."
—DANIEL TORDAY, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West
"Like absolutely nothing I’ve read before, Levinson’s brilliantly unsettling, fiercely funny novel takes on both dangerous intolerance in the near-future world, and in the confines of one wildly destructive family, where ties tighten like nooses and kith and kin can become like warring political systems. Affecting and hilarious, and filled with dark truths that gleam like jewels. I totally loved it."
—CAROLINE LEAVITT, author of Cruel Beautiful World