Thursday, June 06, 2013
After bouncing back and forth between teaching fiction and non-fiction workshops for years, it occurred to me it might be useful to bring these two "genres" together into a single workshop. Good essays borrow some of the qualities of great fiction, and the essay's sense of purpose can often be a useful aspect to deepen a short story. To be more blunt about it: some essays make better short stories, and vice versa. Why not explore both possibilities? I did a short version of this course several years ago, and this summer I'm taking advantage of my otherwise free schedule to return to it in an online class (for students who might be on the road part of the summer) and a traditional table workshop in New Orleans. The details and course description follow:
Whether working in fiction or nonfiction, the challenge all writers face is in creating narratives that ring true to the reader. This workshop will allow students to dip into both genres--short story and creative non-fiction--and measure their work against the same literary standards: character, conflict, detail and use of language. Each student will be able to workshop at least two full-length stories or essays during the course. In addition, students will be given short, focused, weekly assignments designed to break them out of their comfort zone. 8 sessions, $275.
An online version of the course will be offered for $200 beginning June 19th.
Ken Foster is the author of a memoir, The Dogs Who Found Me; a collection of stories, The Kind I'm Likely to Get; and a collection of essays, Dogs I Have Met. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Salon, Fence, Bomb, McSweeney's, The Believer, The New York Times, Bark, The San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Yaddo, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and The Sewanee Writers Conference. His most recent book, I'm a Good Dog, was selected as one of the year's best by Vanity Fair Magazine.
To apply to the class, send an email and writing sample, with a list previous workshop experience, to email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Last summer, as I set out to plan a tour for I'm a Good Dog, I created a Kickstarter campaign that succeeded beyond my expectations. One of the rewards was this double-sided tour shirt. The campaign did so well, we ran out of shirts, and we've been trying to get a second run to finish off a few incomplete orders. Meanwhile, I've continued touring (New Hampshire, Maine, Boston in the past month alone) and accumulating more expenses, since the proceeds of my book sales to rescue groups and bookstores. So, now is your chance if you missed them the first time--get your order in! The shirts come in black or gold, American Apparel unisex or "American Girl". And best of all, they feature the amazing Alison Bechdel's portrait of Doug and I. You really could frame it. The price is $25 including postage. Questions? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org