This workshop will focus on the underlying principles of writing fiction that tells a strong story. We will explore story structure and strategies for creating significance in short fiction, and will also discuss structure and strategies for the novel, depending on the submissions received. Participants are invited to submit a complete draft of a story or first chapter of a novel to be read and discussed by the group, and as time allows we will generate new work through in-class or out-of-class writing exercises.
Sheri Joseph is the author of three books of fiction, most recently the novel Where You Can Find Me. Her earlier books are Stray, a novel, and Bear Me Safely Over, a cycle of stories. She has been awarded the Grub Street National Book Prize in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, as well as multiple residency fellowships, including MacDowell and Yaddo; her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.
She teaches in the creative writing program at Georgia State University and serves as fiction editor of Five Points literary magazine.