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Master Fiction

10 Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting September 15, 2015
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Advanced
Adult (18+)
9 seats max

Thinking about applying for an MFA? Feeling ready to publish? In this intensive forum, you will polish and/or complete at least two short works of fiction by refining craft elements such as narrative point of view, story arc, dialogue, specificity of language, openings, and good sentence-making. The class will consist primarily of extensive peer workshop along with short lectures. We’ll also examine published short fiction that speaks to specific issues raised in students' work or that illustrates a novel approach to an element of craft. Authors discussed in class will range from older masters such as Donald Barthelme, James Baldwin, Walter Mosely, and Alice Munro to newer voices such as Robert Lopez, Kelly Link, Blake Butler, and Helen Oyeyemi. 

The course will be open to students working on short fiction and flash fiction; novel chapters will be discouraged. You will be in the company of other serious writers and an experienced instructor dedicated to providing comprehensive and insightful feedback. Only students who have taken previous fiction workshops at GrubStreet or elsewhere should apply. Space is limited to 9 students in order to foster a more rigorous and intense learning experience.

*The application deadline for this class has passed. Applicants will be notified of our decisions by Friday, September 4th.

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I would urge any serious fiction writer to take this class. Not only does it provide excellent instruction and feedback, but even more so it provides that sense of community and support that all writers need to keep going.
- David Cameron


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Ron MacLean
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Previous Students Say

  • "This Kicked My Butt"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Craft Lessons
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Short Fiction

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