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1, 2, 3: Writing Through Triptychs

Tuesdays, 4 weeks
Jan 23
Feb 13
6:00 - 8:00PM CT
William Henry Lewis
Online via Zoom
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The class is open to all levels: from beginners, looking for exciting prompts to generate work; to the over-workshopped writer in need of a fresh approach; and writers in between, who simply want to change up their regular writing grind. Course work will include exercises and discussions of triptychs, intentional and found, as well as creating new three-part pieces and/or re-casting previous work into a three-part mold. Any homework exercises will be purely supplemental.

Prior to the first class: participants will share a brief piece (1,000 words max, complete or self-contained excerpt) that you have written in the genre of your choice. This does not have to be written in threes, or be concerned with anything having to do with threes; this piece will be a way for us to get to know each other.

This is a hybrid class for wordsmiths of any genre, in which will explore craft modes structured in threes (three scenes, three sections, three stanzas, three poems, etc.) to stimulate new approaches, and better understand our organizational sensibilities and thematic aspirations. Each week's focus will be triggered by a particular aspect of craft, but for much of each week's class, writers will compose in threes however they wish.

The work of William Henry Lewis has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, O Magazine, Higher Issues In Education, Colorado Review, New Letters, African-American Review, Blackbird, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, BOMB and SWING. His work has featured in conjunction with exhibitions at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and his stories have been reprinted in several anthologies, domestic and abroad. Hank's work has been honored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the American Library Association, Fellowship of Southern Writers, National Endowment for the Arts, Best American Short Stories, and as finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize.

He is the author of two books of stories, In the Arms of Our Elders (Carolina Wren Press; three printings), and I Got Somebody in Staunton (HarperCollins; two printings), which was listed among Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2005, and selected as the city of Richmond's Go Read book for 2006.  His work has been praised by David Eggers, Nikki Giovanni, Peter Matthiessen, Marita Golden, Edward P. Jones, and his work has been acclaimed by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TimeOut, and The Washington Post. The Los Angeles Times Book Review praised his fiction as "beautifully written and carefully crafted," while the Boston Globe noted his work as "moving, but unsentimental, these are stories of hard-won wisdom, potent intelligence, and compassion for the cadence of everyday life, establishing Lewis as a writer to be appreciated and admired."

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