The Craft of Fiction: A Workshop for All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Van Arsdale
July 14 - July 27

Writing great fiction involves two things: letting go of the conscious mind’s grip on the story, and then consciously using the elements of craft: setting, dialogue, plotting and character development. In each meeting, we’ll do writing exercises to help loosen up the conscious mind’s grip on the writing, but we’ll also talk about how to very consciously create the story you most want to write. Beginners and advanced writers are welcome.

Sarah Van Arsdale Award-winning author Sarah Van Arsdale’s fourth book is a collection of novellas titled In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, (April, 2016, Queen’s Ferry Press) and her next book, The Catamount, a long narrative poem, will come out in 2017 with Nomadic Press. Both are illustrated with her watercolors. Her novels are Grand Isle, (SUNY Press 2012), Blue, winner of the 2002 Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, (University of Tennessee Press), and Toward Amnesia, (1996, Riverhead Books). She has been a finalist in national and international writing contests. She serves on the board of the Ferro-Grumley Award in LGBTQ Fiction, and teaches in the Antioch University MFA Program and at NYU. She has taught creative writing at the MFA in Writing Program at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and she runs the Bloom reading series in New York City.