Possibilities & Necessities: A Fiction Workshop
This workshop focuses on possibilities within a work of fiction—what are the possibilities and limitations found in choices of narrative point of view, syntax, time, memory, story structure, sentences, omission, openings, closure, objects, dialogue, and a narrative’s leaps and speed. How do we clear away obvious ways of sounding on the page in order to uncover necessary voices? What are our essential and necessary stories? How do we witness and render the physical world on the page? This is a generative workshop. Students should be ready to write all week and come away with new drafts and beginnings.
Victoria Redel is the author of five books of fiction and four poetry collections, most recently Paradise (2022). Her work has been widely anthologized, translated and her novel, Loverboy, was adapted for a feature film. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim foundation and the NEA. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.