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Reading Like a Writer: Ernest Hemingway

Saturday, April 23rd, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Hemingway once wrote: “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it belongs to you.” This idea of making novels truer than life is a strikingly ambitious goal for fiction, a goal that at various points in his career, to the enduring gratitude of generations of readers, Hemingway arguably achieved. How did he do it? In this class, we’ll discuss a selection of Hemingway’s short stories and novel excerpts to tease out and reverse engineer some of the great author’s craft techniques, with results that can only be helpful to our own development as fiction writers. Participants are strongly encouraged to read or reread as much Hemingway as possible before class. At a minimum they should read the stories “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” “Che Ti Dice La Patria,” and “The Butterfly and the Tank,” as well as Chapter 1 of A Farewell to Arms and Chapter 10 of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The instructor may be in touch a week or so before the class with additional short reading assignments.


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Timothy Weed
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  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • Lecture
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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