Writers have stories to tell, but often beginning, intermediate, and even advanced writers don’t know what form or shape those stories should take. This workshop will explore some of those structures. Classes will be comprised of daily review of student manuscript submissions, writing craft lectures focusing on the forms and structures of fiction, and in-class writing assignments. The workshop is intended to assist writers in reaching their goals through the development of both art and the practical craft of writing. Participants will learn from the critique of the peers, as well as the critical discussion on their own work.
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. You can find out more about him at his website: http://matjohnson.info/.