Fiction ~ Ravi Howard

The Spyglass Tree: A Focus on the Narrative Lens

We will read and discuss the fiction submissions in keeping with the traditional workshop approach. We will also us the triptych model for revising and exploring these works. Based in part on the short story, “Triptych,” by Danzy Senna, we will write and discuss three radically different revisions of a small excerpt. The differences can include point-of-view shifts, cultural shifts, time shifts, plot changes, style options, or any reimagining the writer considers. The technique is intended to expose new angles within an existing work or new piece. The intention is also to explore the Albert Murray concept of “the spyglass tree,” as we consider how we build, rebuild, and focus the narrative lens.


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Ravi Howard is the author of two books of fiction, Like, Trees, Walking (HarperCollins, 2007) and Driving the King (HarperCollins, 2015). He has received fellowships and awards from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Hurston-Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to being selected as a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Like, Trees, Walking, his first novel, won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (2008). He is also a professor of creative writing at Florida State University.