Fiction with Jeffery Renard Allen, Molly Antopol, Robert Olmstead
These workshops will follow the traditional creative writing workshop model in which students discuss, and critique each other’s work in small groups led by the instructor.
Jeffery Renard Allen‘s workshop, Distortion:
This workshop will offer you a chance to receive thorough feedback on fiction that you submit prior to coming to Lisbon. As well, we will talk some about the use of distortion as a narrative technique for enchanting a setting, for giving depth to a character, for creating vivid images and metaphors, for strengthening prose style, and as an overall approach to layering subtext. The texts that we will use to illustrate this technique will also serve as the basis for generating new material.
Molly Antopol‘s workshop description:
This workshop will help you develop your skills as a fiction writer: to hone your voice, and strengthen your command over such elements as tone, pacing, characterization, setting and plot. We’ll workshop your fiction as a group, and will also use writing exercises and short in-class readings to inspire new work. You’ll leave Lisbon with a clear vision of where to take your story or chapter, as well as new ideas for the next piece.
Robert Olmstead‘s workshop description:
“…a murder of crows…a skulk of foxes…an ostentation of peacocks…a wisdom of wombats…a company of fiction writers…”
Our company of writers will gather for reasons of FICTION. With generosity, sympathy, honesty and idea we will thoughtfully discuss the pages you offer, be they short story, chapter, excerpt, fragment or shard. Our best conversations will be serious and funny. We will say smart, wise, helpful and dumb things. We will respect freedom of art and discourse. We will share tips and techniques, tactics and strategies. We will spontaneously recommend to each other great and influential books, film, poetry, art, music. We will devise new terms of venery for our collected selves. We will change each others’ minds in big and small ways. We will come away feeling not so alone.
M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura