Where Are You Writing From?
8 Tuesdays/ Feb 6-Apr 3
In this fiction workshop, we will examine different storytelling strategies and writing processes in various written and electronic works. From Christopher Castellani’s The Art of Perspective, excerpts of Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You Dream, Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk(s) on creativity, additional essays about the ways writing works, and selected short stories, we will learn about the range of narrative strategies accessible to us in hopes of discovering the best ways to tell our particular stories. The decisions we make about who the storytellers of a story are and how they tell their stories influence the reader’s connection to the story itself. You will focus on a new aspect of craft each week in your own writing, complete weekly reading, submit at least one piece to a workshop or structured discussion about the writing, and write weekly comments. Details about workshop guidelines, procedures, and schedule will be discussed in the first meeting.
Claire Fuqua Anderson is an English Lecturer at the University of Houston, where she has taught for six years. She received her MFA from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and has taught creative writing workshops for Inprint, Boldface Conference, and Grackle & Grackle Writing Enterprises. In 2017, she was a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award, funded by the City the Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. She is working on a novel set during the Dust Bowl.