Reading Like a Writer

with
Rebecca Makkai
Join Rebecca Makkai to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we’ll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers.
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Rebecca Makkai

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Wednesdays
Sep 8 - Sep 29
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Sep 8 - Sep 29
5pm PT / 8pm ET
90 min
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Sep 8
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Sep 15
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Sep 22
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Sep 29
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Description

We tend to read as readers and then write as writers, missing out on many of the craft lessons we could be learning from the stories, novels, and memoirs we love. You might pause to admire a great line, but when was the last time you took apart an author’s structure, or charted out their use of tension, or examined their scenes as units?

In this four-week class, we’ll use short assigned texts as jumping-off points for craft talks about scene structure, summary and exposition, character interiority and exteriority, and stakes. Most importantly, we’ll learn how to read (and even watch movies) for craft so that we’ll never run out of free writing education. Readings will include brief excerpts or short stories from Imbolo Mbue, Jennifer Egan, Richard Russo, Danielle Evans, Alice Munro, Tania James, Karan Majahan, and others.

Class meetings will be discussion-and-lecture based; this is not a workshop class. Students will have access to an exclusive community to continue the discussion outside of class time, sharing reading notes and recommendations.

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Reading Like a Writer

with

Rebecca Makkai

Wednesdays, Sep 8 - Sep 29, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET
$
400.00
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Description

We tend to read as readers and then write as writers, missing out on many of the craft lessons we could be learning from the stories, novels, and memoirs we love. You might pause to admire a great line, but when was the last time you took apart an author’s structure, or charted out their use of tension, or examined their scenes as units?

In this four-week class, we’ll use short assigned texts as jumping-off points for craft talks about scene structure, summary and exposition, character interiority and exteriority, and stakes. Most importantly, we’ll learn how to read (and even watch movies) for craft so that we’ll never run out of free writing education. Readings will include brief excerpts or short stories from Imbolo Mbue, Jennifer Egan, Richard Russo, Danielle Evans, Alice Munro, Tania James, Karan Majahan, and others.

Class meetings will be discussion-and-lecture based; this is not a workshop class. Students will have access to an exclusive community to continue the discussion outside of class time, sharing reading notes and recommendations.

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