Description of Class
One afternoon. One author. One focused study of the craft.
Boris Fishman’s debut novel, A Replacement Life, was called “ingenious” by The New Yorker, and received a rave on the front cover of The New York Times Book Review. His most recent novel, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, was named by The New York Times as one of 100 Notable Books of 2016. We’re pleased to welcome Boris to the studio for this single-session master class focused on craft and professional development.
In this unique three-hour session, Boris will draw on personal experience to address the common questions writers often face while working on their novels, including:
- Whether to plan out a story in advance, or go chapter by chapter;
- Whether to revise as you write, or wait until a full draft is completed;
- How to transform personal history into drama;
- How to write unfamiliar, challenging characters;
- How to keep dialogue from sounding wooden;
- How write clear, clean, and lean stories that still maintain voice and personality; and
- Keeping faith when the rejections come in.
In the second half of the class, Boris will answer the questions attendees have about issues they are struggling with in their own work.
Students just starting to put pen to paper can expect to leave the afternoon with inspiration and ideas on how to begin, how to keep going, and how to stay in good health—both financially and emotionally—as they wander through the unknown.
More advanced writers can expect to be prodded toward breakthroughs and new perspectives on plot, characterization, dialogue, point of view, structure, and other matters of craft.
Although fiction will be the primary focus of discussion, journalism and creative nonfiction writers are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-477-7710. Learn more about Boris.Top