The best way to improve as a writer is to write. The second best way is to read and analyze contemporary literature. Join us for this reader series class where we will take a deep dive into the craft of one short story each month. We’ll unpack character, structure, dialogue, plot, details, theme, tone, cultural context and more using examples from a wide variety of contemporary writers representing the future of short fiction. We’ll also discuss what we can takeaway and learn for our own writing styles, projects, and processes. Copies of the stories will be provided in advance of each class. Join us for advanced-level craft lessons, writer-centered discussion, and great reading.
NOTE: You can register for just the first session, or receive a discount by committing to the full year.
Jan 4: “Lot” – Bryan Washington
Feb 1: “How to Make Love to a Physicist” – Deesha Philyaw
Mar 1: “The Woman Dies” – Aoko Matsuda
Apr 5: “The Office of Historical Corrections” – Danielle Evans
May 3: “The Wind” – Lauren Groff
June 7: “Tender” – Sofia Samatar
July 5: “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak” – Jamil Jan Kochai
Aug 2: “Oringiris” – Samanta Schweblin
Sep 6: “Let's Play Dead” – Senaa Ahmad
Oct 4: “Z” – Julián Herbert
Nov 1: “The Time Invariance of Snow” – E. Lily Yu
Dec 6: “The Frog King” – Garth Greenwell
Instructor: Matt Weinkam is a writer, editor, instructor and the executive director of Literary Cleveland. His work has been published in Denver Quarterly, Sonora Review, New South, DIAGRAM, and Electric Literature. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University, an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University, and he has taught creative writing as far away as Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China.
Details: Read Like a Writer: Short Fiction with Matt Weinkam will meet the first Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm using Zoom video conferencing.