Writing with Chekhov (1862)

NEW DATES - Five Tuesdays: June, 12, 19, 26, and July 3, 13, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

$150 (10% off for members)

“Chekhov is an incomparable artist…an artist of life. He has created new forms of writing, completely new, to the whole world, the like of which I have not encountered anywhere.”

                                                                              --Leo Tolstoy

One of the avowed masters of the short story, Anton Chekhov was also a physician and a playwright who drew from life to create little dramas which ramify far beyond their late nineteenth century Tsarist context. Indeed, as Nabokov noted, from Chekhov’s particulars of monks, villagers, merchants, wealthy officers, oysters, gooseberries, and grasshoppers, we draw universals. For a student of literature and the apprentice writer, Chekhov offers many lessons in the short form, from characterizations in a brush-stroke, to dialogue which capture the essence of a thought or a foible, to narrative rhythms which are as measured as music. In this class, we will read a generous heaping of Chekhov’s short stories in translation, and also some of his letters focused on craft, in order to write pieces of 100 lines (Chekhov’s own publishing limit). This class will be part-discussion and part-workshop, with exercises and fiction of your own making.  

Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, Chekhov [Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)]

Norton Anton Chekhov's Selected Stories, Chekhov (ed. Popkin)

Little Apples: And Other Early Stories, Chekhov OPTIONAL

The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-Three New Stories,  Chekhov [Peter Constantine (Translator)] OPTIONAL

Nicole Miller's prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The Mays, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil. in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics and Prose in Washington D.C.

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Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Anton Chekhov, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by), Richard Pevear (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780553381009
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Published: Modern Library - October 31st, 2000

Anton Chekhov's Selected Stories (Norton Critical Editions) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393925302
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 14th, 2014

Little Apples: And Other Early Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609807689
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Published: Seven Stories Press - September 12th, 2017

The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-Three New Stories Cover Image
By Anton Chekhov, Peter Constantine (Translated by), Spalding Gray (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781583220269
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 2nd, 2000