Learning from Lydia Davis

Known for her very short stories, Lydia Davis is widely considered to be one of the envelope-pushers of today's fiction landscape. What makes her work stand out among the crowd? How do fiction writers emulate her concision and precision as stylistic tools? What phrases and turns make her work world renown? In this workshop we'll examine compression, specificity, and point of view to better understand how to shape and sculpt your stories. Valuable for flash fiction writers and novel writers alike, Lydia Davis will be our guide as we explore the smallest bites of fiction that pack the biggest punch. 

  • Instructor: Rosie Forrest
  • Date: Thurs., November 19
  • Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $50
  • Location: The Skillery in Germantown

About the Instructor:

Rosie Forrest is proud to partner with The Porch Writer's Collective, having won their inaugural Nashville Reads Short Story Award. Her work has appeared in HobartWigleafWord RiotWhiskey IslandSmokeLong Quarterly, and most recently, she won the Dogwood top prize for fiction. Prior to her move to Nashville, Rosie was the writer-in-residence with Interlochen Arts Academy and a featured storyteller with 2nd Story in Chicago, Illinois. She’s taught creative writing and theatre courses for Vanderbilt, DePaul, Northwestern, and the University of New Hampshire, where she earned her MFA. Rosie is the winner of the 9th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest, and her chapbook, Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan is currently available. Visit her website here.

November 21