This class—which will be capped at just 9 participants—will offer advanced fiction writers the opportunity to submit two new pieces of fiction and one revision and to receive rigorous, supportive, and constructive feedback on all three.
“Revision, which is often overlooked in the writing process, will be a main component of the class,” says instructor Lori Ostlund. “That is, feedback will not just go into a drawer for later.” Along these lines, the class will be structured as follows: during the first six weeks, each participant will submit two pieces for workshopping. This could include novel chapters/excerpts or complete or excerpted stories. After a one-week break (during which participants will work on revising one of their two submissions), we will spend the last three weeks workshopping these revisions. Though workshops will be at the core of the class, the class might also involve short readings and mini-craft sessions.
This workshop is for writers who have completed fiction classes at The Writing Salon or elsewhere. Participants are encouraged to have one or both submissions completed prior to the start of the class as the weekly reading-and-critiquing component will be rigorous. Since each class will involve reading and discussing three submissions, each submission will be capped at 2,500 words (around 10 double-spaced pages), though participants working on a long short story would have the option to bundle their first two submissions into one 5,000-word chunk. (Prior permission needed as this would involve changes to the workshop schedule.)
Lori says, “Participants will leave with extensive feedback on submitted work and a better sense of their own revision process, achieved both through discussing the work of others and by grappling with feedback.”
Lori Ostlund’s novel After the Parade (Scribner, 2015) was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, was a finalist for the 2016 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the 2009 California Book Award for First Fiction. Stories from it appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Scribner reissued the collection in early 2016. Lori received the 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Most recently, her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, and the Kenyon Review.
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Lori is a great teacher, and came with a plan. She was kind and patient, and steered/started conversations in a tactful way. She skillfully led discussions of the samples we read. When it came to critiquing our own work, any comments were couched in constructive language, and she set the tone for critiques.
She was much more accessible than other teachers I have had in the past. She even went so far as to think further about questions she had already answered in class, and e-mail her thoughts to us later.
Lori is the best writing teacher I've ever had and I will take any class she offers as long as I don't have any scheduling conflicts.