This class is designed for anyone who wants to generate new work in a supportive and passionate environment. Each week we will discuss several short stories and afterward share our creative pieces written in response to the published work. This is not about “copying” another writer, but playing around with voice, style, content and form – and having a lot of fun while doing so! The class encourages trying on new things, going to unknown places, and becoming a part of a vibrant, supportive literary community.
Everyone will leave having written 25 – 30 pages of new work and having read stories by seven writers from around the world including Clarice Lispector, Juan Rulfo, Bruno Schulz, and Italo Calvino.
The Ecstasy of Influence:
A Fiction Workshop Focused on Writing New Work
Dates: 8 Saturdays, March 25-May 13
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Micheline Marcom
Genre: Fiction/Short Story
Micheline Aharonian Marcom has published five novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. She has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists’ Foundation. Her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was a New York Times Notable Book and Runner-Up for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Her second novel, The Daydreaming Boy, won the PEN/USA Award for Fiction. In 2008, Micheline taught in Beirut, Lebanon on a Fulbright Fellowship. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Mills College and she is a faculty member in Goddard College's MFA in Creative Writing. A film version of her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, is currently in pre-production with Shekhar Kapur to direct. Her sixth book, The Brick House, is forthcoming this fall.
More about Micheline: www.michelinemarcom.com