Reading As Writers (1836)

Six Thursdays: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 22, March 1, 1 to 3 p.m.

Price: 
$150 (10% off for members)

In this new six-week course, we will combine close reading of works by “writers’ writers” with stylistic and craft analysis, and short, in-class writing workshop exercises. In this inaugural session, we will focus on selected works of two acknowledged masters of technique in the short story—Denis Johnson and Alice Munro—and examine their approach to the crafting of sentences, character, dialogue, point of view, and setting. In a supportive and relaxed environment, we will seek to imitate the masters, and in the spirit of discovery, we will marvel at and delight in the power of language to shape our lives and our stories.

Required Reading:
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, Denis Johnson (Publication date: January 16, 2018)
Runaway, Alice Munro (2004)

Recommended Reading (List To Be Expanded and Modified during Course):
The Moviegoer, Walker Percy (*out of print until May 2018)
The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Character and Point of View)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Theme, Character, and Plot)
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Irony, Tone, and Character)
My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard
The White Album, Joan Didion
Play It As It Lays, Joan Didion

Reading and Writing Exercise Schedule:

January 18: Runaway, “Runaway”

       In-class writing exercise: Sentences and First lines

January 25: Runaway, “Chance” and “Soon”

            In-class writing exercise: Dialogue as Character and Setting as Plot

February 1: Runaway, “Silence”

            In-class writing exercise: Setting and Omission

February 8: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden”

            In-class writing exercise: Syntax and compression

February 22: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden”

            In-class writing exercise: POV and Character

March 1: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, remaining stories

            In-class writing exercise: Character as Activity and Behavior

Rhonda Shary was an adjunct professor of English in New York for over ten years, teaching writing and literature courses at SUNY New Paltz, Marymount College of Fordham University, and New York Institute of Technology. A published writer and poet, her work appears in P&P’s District Lines, Volumes III and V, Water Writes: An Anthology in Honor of the Hudson River Quadricentennial, A Slant of Light: Women Writers of the Hudson River Valley, and The Shawangunk Review. After moving to D.C. in 2014, she joined the staff at Politics and Prose Bookstore, where she is now an editor for OPUS Publishing and an instructor in the literature and writing classes.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Runaway Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400077915
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Published: Vintage Books USA - November 8th, 2005

Runaway Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400077915
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage Books USA - November 8th, 2005

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812988635
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Published: Random House - January 16th, 2018