This workshop will take a fiction sample from each student (ten to fifteen pages of a short story or beginning of a novel) and revise it over the five days of the class. We’ll work on honing the piece’s voice to make it as powerful as possible, streamlining and sharpening so that your piece fascinates and pulls the reader in. We’ll look at how to strengthen character, ensure tonal consistency, and improve sentence craft and story arc. For everyone, from beginning writers to experienced. Each student will receive emails with individualized ideas for moving forward.
Lydia Millet is the author of fourteen works of fiction. An early novel, My Happy Life, won the PEN-USA award for fiction; a story collection called Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her most recent novel, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, and has taught at both Columbia University and the University of Arizona.