Fiction Challenge: 5 Weeks, 5 Awesome Stories (Online)

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Taught by Joe Pfister

Joe Pfister is a writer, teacher, and Tecmo Super Bowl enthusiast living in Brooklyn. His fiction has appeared in such publications as PANK, Juked, and New World Writing. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and currently serves as fiction editor for The Boiler Journal.

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Have you ever wanted to join a book club or writing group, but thought, “An entire book? Really?” If shorter fare appeals to you, join us Wednesday evenings for an in-depth look at five superb short stories.

Each week, participants will meet to discuss a new story with a focus on a particular element of craft, such as point of view, how to create and sustain tension, or engineer a denouement that will have readers buzzing. Selections will include stories by Russell Banks, Kevin A. González, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Carmen Maria Machado, and Stephanie C. Trotter.

At the conclusion of each class, you will leave with a generative writing prompt to encourage experimentation and honing your skills outside the classroom. So, whether you want to rekindle your love of fiction, enjoy a spirited discussion of craft, connect with fellow writers and readers, or kick-start your own writing, take the challenge and join us for “5 Weeks, 5 Awesome Stories.” A new story in your inbox every week. Like book club, but better.

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