Are you hungry for honest, constructive feedback on your fiction? Do you long to be part of a community of writers dedicated to helping one another render (shape, enrich, and enliven) a story the best it can be? If so, welcome to the fiction workshop.
“This online course offers a supportive and productive space in which to deepen—via our own works-in-progress—our understanding of how to make fictional narrative compelling,” says instructor Andy Touhy. “In small groups, students will give and receive thoughtful, specific feedback on short stories, novel chapters or excerpts at any stage of development. I will also offer my observations and insights into your work—where it resonates, opportunities for stronger choice-making, suggested line and developmental edits. Lastly, we’ll revisit the basics of craft—characterization, conflict and escalation, point of view, and setting—and I’ll assign an optional weekly writing exercise designed to help you develop or sharpen technique in these areas.”
The course will use the online platform Wet Ink, which allows for clear, targeted commentary on manuscripts. It also provides a space for student discussion and the posting of additional materials, including suggested readings and other craft-related resources.
Andy Touhy, a recipient of the San Francisco Browning Society’s Dramatic Monologue Award and Fourteen Hills’ Bambi Holmes Fiction Prize, is also a nominee for inclusion in Best New American Voices. In 2016 his story manuscript, The Secret of Mayo, was named the finalist for BOA Editions’ Short Fiction Prize. Work from the collection has appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, and The Collagist. He holds graduate degrees in literature and creative writing and has taught at SFSU, Academy of Art, and Ohio University. He lives in Oakland with his wife and child.
April 19 – May 31
Andy Touhy is clever and bright and kind. The "Honing Your Fiction" class offered everything a fiction writing workshop should: instruction in fine points of rising action, sentence variety, point of view, both from Andy himself and with advice from articles by the experts: George Saunders, Richard Bausch, and Janet Burroway. And then there was a lot of workshopping of stories ... one short, one long or more if you had them. Andy was available, generous and even-handed in his feedback and his help.
I felt Andy was one of the most approachable writing teachers I've ever had, not pretentious at all, and that helped set the tone for the class. I felt like all the participants were inspired and treated each person with respect when doing workshopping. Andy gave each person's writing equal attention and interest.