Clear clauses, sentences, and paragraphs are the foundation of prose. Whether we're writing in a spare Carver-esque style or sprawling Joyce-ian one-sentence pages, conveying scenes and ideas clearly on the page is more necessary than ever -- and harder than it seems. In this class, we will discuss some principles of clear writing and cover a range of fiction and nonfiction examples. We'll work on exercises, go over common stumbling blocks, and come away with a better sense of how to line edit our own work.
Simon Han is the author of Nights When Nothing Happened (Riverhead Books). His short stories, flash fiction, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Electric Literature, and the Texas Observer. He's received awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Vanderbilt University, where he earned his MFA. He has most recently taught at the University of Tulsa and the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference.
Simon Han has brilliant command of both the analytical and creative side of flash fiction. I would take the class again. He brought a disparate group of us together. It was the best workshop experience I have had.
Simon is a brilliant, kind, and generous person. It was such a privilege to learn from him.