Writing Essentials: From Edith Wharton to Alexander Chee (1939)

Two Mondays: April 29, May 6, 6:30-9 p.m.

$70.00 (10% off for members)

This class is designed as an introduction to the classic guides and current resources available to writers of fiction and memoir who want to learn from the masters.

This workshop will offer highlights from E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel, Edith Wharton’s The Writing of Fiction, Henry James’s famous prefaces to the New York Edition, and Somerset Maugham’s autobiographical The Summing Up. From these oldies but goodies, we will turn to fiction’s more recent gurus and apostles (John Gardner, Charles Baxter, James Wood) for some controversial do’s and don’ts. We will also talk about the writing life, with advice from Stephen King, Elena Ferrante, and Alexander Chee, and the host of books which have sprung up in the vein of Francine Prose’s Reading like a Writer.

This class will also include one or two writing prompts to get participants thinking about what and why they want to write. At the end of class, the instructor will distribute a general bibliography as well as suggestions tailored specifically to the writers who attend the session. Two Mondays: April 29, May 6, 6:30-9 p.m.


The Writing of Fiction (Paperback) By Edith Wharton

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays (Paperback) by Alexander Chee

Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey (Paperback) By Elena Ferrante


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.

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

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

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Published: Scribner - October 8th, 1997

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609454326
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Published: Europa Editions - September 12th, 2017