The two stories we’re going to study on October 13 are “The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado and “Adams” by George Saunders. I highly recommend everyone read and study these stories before coming to the workshop. They can be found online here:
As well, “The Husband Stitch” is collected in Machado’s book Her Body and Other Parties and “Adams" is collected in Saunders’ book In Persuasion Nation, both available at the library. Also, for extra study of “Adams” you could listen to the New Yorker fiction podcast in which the New Yorker fiction editor, Deborah Triesman and writer, Joshua Ferris, discuss the story.
Some of the craft techniques I most admire about these stories are the narration, point of view, tense, use of repetition and voice. I’m looking forward to another lively discussion next Saturday!
Read Like a Writer: Not an English Lit Class
The first cardinal rule of writing: Butt in Chair. The second rule: Read. Read as much as you can. Read widely. Read well. How can we learn about writing from all the reading?
In this workshop, we'll read two successful short stories written by contemporary writers. We'll discuss what makes each short story successful. We'll ask craft questions such as:
What is the point-of-view and voice in this story and how are they working?
How did the writer begin and end the story?
What parts of the story are written in scene, narrative and exposition?
Why did the writer make these choices? What do they add to the story’s success?
How is the writer using language in the service of the story?