Nothing feels quite as fine as setting a new world into words and having it move readers to laughter or tears or whatever it is we hoped they’d feel. In this class, we will practice the art creating such a world. We will challenge our imaginations, our command of language, and our knowledge of the world around us by learning to slow down and take in the kinds of sensory details that feed all three of these endeavors. We will study the elements of story and learn how to make them tools.
We’ll build our fictional worlds together, line by line, with lots of food and laughter and sharing.
Sara C. Rolater is a graduate of Rice University and received her MFA in fiction at the University of Houston, where she served as an assistant editor in fiction for Gulf Coast and where she has taught composition and creative writing for the past seven years. She has also taught for Inprint and Writespace, and has been a fellow at the Writing Immersion Retreat in Bali and at the Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence program in Woodstock, New York. Her work has appeared in Ghost Town and Gulf Coast. This is her fifth year as a creative-writing consultant at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she’s taught introductory and advanced fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and textual collage. She also runs The PVA Creative Writing Reviewblog, where she and her students dissect different pieces of writing.