Summer Workshop Program 2023
We all know that feeling of encountering a strong narrative voice on the page. We are infected by its singularity, by its seduction, by its ruts and inconsistencies. But what, exactly, are the mechanics of a voice’s authority? As writers, how do we sweep up our readers inside the inexplicable, honeycombed mind of a character? What do we put in and what do we leave out? In this workshop we will work on mining and polishing the narrative voices in our stories through in-class writing and revision. Bring a notebook! We will get out hands dirty…
In preparation, please bring 11 copies of a story you’re working on (12 pages, double space max) to our first class meeting. Novel excerpts are also acceptable but as much as possible they should be able to stand on theri own.
Reif Larsen is the author of the novels I Am Radar and The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet, which was a New York Times Bestseller and adapted for the screen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie). He is also the author of two children’s books, Uma Wimple Charts Her House and The Path. Larsen’s essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, GQ, Tin House, The Globe & Mail, McSweeney’s, Travel & Leisure, one story, The Millions, and The Believer. He runs The Future of Small Cities Institute and The FOCUS Lab in Troy, NY.