Fiction Writers’ Workshop
Maybe you’ve been writing fiction and could use some guidance — tips on plot, advice about dialogue, thoughts on how best to begin a narrative. Or maybe you’ve simply wanted to write fiction and haven’t quite dared. After all, it’s a daunting prospect. Whatever your background, this workshop will get you started on promising new material in an inspirational atmosphere of supportive camaraderie. We’ll also consider some of the work you’ve previously written. Time permitting, we’ll even devote a little attention to the oral presentation of one’s fiction — i.e., giving an effective public reading.
Over the week, I’ll meet privately with each student to discuss individual strengths and areas in need of strengthening; to address relevant issues of craft, and recommend useful readings. Our one-on-one conference will also be an occasion for talking about anything else that might be on your mind, whether it’s MFA programs, publishing, or the sometimes tricky business of basing characters on friends or family.
Students should bring 10 copies of a short story or novel excerpt to the first class gathering on Sunday night (20 pages maximum, double-spaced, 12-pt. font).
DEAN ALBARELLI is the author of Cheaters and Other Stories, a selection of the Barnes & Noble series "Discover Great New Writers." A chapter from his forthcoming novel became a prizewinning short film with Amanda Peet. Twice a Fellow at FAWC, he is the recipient of a Michener Award, a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, and the PEN/New England Discover Award. He is an advisory editor with The Hudson Review, and currently the Writer in Residence at Boston University's Kilachand Honors College.