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“Our bodies are full of stories,” says instructor Nayomi Munaweera. “We are receptacles of history, biology, memory and dream. Some of us have the important and ancient job of transmuting this internal knowledge into works of fiction. And yet how does the novelist do this strange and unseen work?” Becoming proficient in certain specific craft elements, particularly character, setting and scene, is a necessary part of the writer’s journey.

“My goal is to have students consider different approaches in forming fully-fleshed, living, breathing characters who are then placed in vivid and memorable settings,” says Nayomi. “This process leads to the writing of scene. I believe that scene is the foundation of every novel. A compilation of scenes eventually adds up to a book.”

In this 9-week class we will closely read several short pieces of fiction and complete fun and accessible in-class exercises on character, setting and scene. We will use what we learn in class to write at home during the week, and then we will workshop our pieces in the final weeks of class.

Students will be expected to share some of their work and build community within the classroom (and hopefully beyond it!). Nayomi says, “My hope is that this class will help students further develop the insightful eye of the novelist.”

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Instructor

    Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize, short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and won the Commonwealth Prize for Asia. Her second critically acclaimed novel, What Lies Between Us, won the Sri Lankan National Book Award. Munaweera is widely anthologized in collections such as Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian-American Women on Obedience and Rebellion, Oakland Noir, Many Roads Through Paradise, and All the Women in My Family Sing. She teaches at the Ashland University low-residency MFA Program.

Schedule
  1. Wednesday, September 25, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Wednesday, October 02, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Wednesday, October 09, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Wednesday, October 23, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  6. Wednesday, October 30, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  7. Wednesday, November 06, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  8. Wednesday, November 13, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  9. Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Reviews
  • What an inspiring and thoughtful workshop she produced! I honestly haven't had a class this good since college, and I've taken lots of courses and workshops on every subject over the years. It's clear she loves literature, is up to date on all of the modern authors as well as being able to draw from leading authors in every genre. I would take any class she teaches and tell others to do the same.

    Aaron

Details

Start:
Wed, September 25 @ 7:00 pm
End:
Wed, November 20 @ 9:30 pm
Cost:
$475
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Venue

Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Seeing the World as a Novelist: Writing Fiction Through the Lens of Character, Setting and Scene$475.00Berkeley

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