Fiction: Craft Workshop

This series could well be called “Read like a Writer/Write like a Reader”.

“Read and read to find out what kind of writer you want to be. Write and write to find out what kind of writer you are.”….. Colson Whitehead

Instead of submissions, we’ll read in advance selected short stories or selections from novels by contemporary novelists like Denis Johnson, Junot Diaz, J. Jezewska Stevens, Allan Gurganus, Tony Earley, Scholastique Mukasonga, Elena Ferrante, Anne Beattie, Jonas Hassen Khemiri. Focusing on a particular theme, like writing bad characters, and good sex, driving the narrative, structure, beginnings, first drafts, revisions – we’ll analyze these stories and write from prompts meant to stimulate the individual work we’re involved in right now.

All writers interested in fiction are welcome. And, although the question of “what exactly is fiction” will always come up, we’re not discussing personal narratives or memoir here, unless fictionalized.

This is a continuation of a series begun in January and rescheduled twice monthly from April 6th through June 29.

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You don’t have to be actually writing fiction in order to feel welcome in this workshop, craft conversations are beyond genre.

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On Saturday the door is locked, so please come on time as someone will be waiting downstairs to let you in. If you’re late, call the phone number posted on the door: I’ll send it to you in an email.

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Workshop leader: Riki Moss, a BWW member since 2015, attending and leading workshops and retreats as she struggles through a hair-pulling draft of her second novel. Her first, An Obese Gentleman In No Apparent Distress (North Atlantic Press) was a fictionalized collaboration. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, has several short stories in anthologies, and a previous life as a potter/sculptor.


June 29


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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The Burlington Writers Workshop


Burlington Writers Workshop

110 Main St Suite 3C

Burlington, VT, US

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