A generative workshop to compel you to turn away from fancy language and gimmickry to focus on telling the truth about people and events that matter most deeply, whether rendered in fiction or non-fiction. We’ll focus on subjects such as obsession, romantic yearning, and disequilibrium, and do plenty of writing in class.
In the process, we’ll demystify various elements of craft, including plot, narration, style, and characterization. Learn by doing, rather than following a set of rules. This course is designed for writers of any genre, and will appeal to experienced writers, and writers who are starting out. The emphasis is on treating each and every person as a storyteller, in pursuit of the deeper truths within them, and around them.
Many a short story, essay, novel, and memoir have gone unpublished because the author fails to create a strong narrator, one who can act as a wise and entertaining guide to the reader. By examining the work of Alicia Erian, Jane Austen, Joan Didion, and others, we’ll make sure your next narrator isn’t just strong, but irresistible.
is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His essays and reviews have been published in venues ranging from the New York Times Magazine to Ploughshares to Poets & Writers, and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Mysteries, and Best American Erotica.
Almond is the recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He cohosted the Dear Sugars podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed for four years, and teaches Creative Writing at the Neiman Fellowship at Harvard and Wesleyan. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his family and his anxiety.