Writing love stories can feel fraught for many reasons. It can feel gendered, cliche, too personal, or not personal enough. It can feel driftless to write about “relationships” and fruitless to try to say something new about the world’s oldest topic. But through prompts, readings, and discussions, we will re-define what a love story is, and explore the best ways to make them feel dynamic and specific.
For this 4-week workshop, while you will be regularly responding to readings and doing shorter writing exercises, you will also have one full (10-15 page) short story workshopped. Please be prepared to submit the first 1-2 pages of that story at the start of the second week of workshop.
Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble, is out now from Riverhead Books. Her short fiction can be found in the Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, BOMB, and elsewhere. She studied writing at Wesleyan University and the University of Virginia, and has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She currently lives and writes in Los Angeles.