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Strangeness & Surprise: 5 Stories in 6 Weeks

In this intermediate workshop students will write five short fiction pieces over six class sessions. The focus of the class will be on generating new work via prompts, exercises, and discussion, with a special emphasis on inviting strangeness and surprise into the students’ writing. Whether in content, style, form, or all three, students will be expected to push their stories toward greater originality and imaginative heights. Published short stories that exhibit these qualities will be studied as examples. Students will receive feedback on their work from their peers and from their instructor.

Instructor: Anthony Tognazzini's recent work has appeared in Electric Literature, Guernica, Crazyhorse, and TriQuarterly, among other journals, as well as on NPR's Selected Shorts and in Norton's 2018 anthology New Micro. His fiction collection, I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket for Occasions Such As These, was published by BOA Editions. He has taught at New York University, the New School, the 92nd Street Y, Adelphi University, and the College of Wooster. Anthony has received fellowships from Yaddo, Millay, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Djerrasi Resident Artist Program, and the Ohio Arts Council. He currently lives in Ohio. (website:

Details: Strangeness and Surprise: 5 Stories in 6 Weeks takes place Thursdays, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, & 2/11 from 7-9:00pm online through Zoom.

Zoom Info
: Register for the class and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitiation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at

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