Fiction: Reading It, Writing It

As writers, we don’t have to look far for our mentors—they live upon our bookshelves. In this eight-week class, we’ll read passages, stories, and chapters from a cache of literary greats, and use the examples set by them as the basis for writing prompts. For example, Toni Morrison might offer a lesson in point of view. Cormac McCarthy could teach us to manipulate tone. Flannery O’ Connor will model beginnings and endings and the power of detail. With the help of Lorrie Moore, we’ll play with second person narration. Nabokov will encourage us to experiment with language and syntax. The list goes on. 

Assignments in the workshop will alternate between reading weeks and writing weeks. While finished pieces of fiction won’t necessarily be the end goal of this workshop, students can expect to breathe life into both their reading and writing habits and walk away with a portfolio of short pieces of prose, modeled upon the work of revered literary masters. 

  • Instructor: Katie McDougall
  • Length of workshop: 8 weeks
  • Dates:  Mondays, September 12 - October 31
  • Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $291 non-members$261 members
  • Location: The Skillery in Germantown

Please see our About Us page for Katie's bio.