As writers, each workshop member will create a new and original work of short fiction, get feedback from their workshop peers and the teaching-writer, Christian Winn, then head back into the revision process to polish and refine their narratives with an eye toward publication. The original works of fiction will be based on the parameters of The Cabin’s yearly anthology, Writers in the Attic. This year’s theme is “Apple” — read the full description here.
In the workshop, we will also be studying and breaking down short stories and novel excerpts, paying particular attention to how great fiction writers create compelling characters, vivid scenes, dynamic plots, masterful dialogue, and true heart in their work. A handful of writing exercises and prompts will be distributed to the writers as well. Our goal will be to learn from writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Miranda July, Jennifer Egan Claire Vaye Watkins, Lauren Groff, George Saunders, Jesmyn Ward, Tony Early and more, with the idea of employing many of their stylistic moves and practices in our own fiction as we all bring new stories into the world.
This is a 6-week workshop that will meet on the following Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
- November 7th
- November 14th
- November 21st
- December 5th
- December 12th
- December 19th
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Christian Winn, the 2016-2019 Idaho Writer in Residence, is a fiction writer, poet, journalist, and teacher of creative writing. His fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares,The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, TriQuarterly Hayden’s Ferry Review, Greensboro Review, Chattahoochee Review, Gulf Coast, Bat City Review, Every Day Fiction, The Pinch, Santa Monica Review, Handful of Dust, The Strip, Story Houston, The Masters Review, Revolver, and elsewhere. His short story collections of, NAKED ME and What’s Wrong With You is What’s Wrong With Me are out from Dock Street Press. He teaches fiction and poetry with The Cabin. He has written for The Boise Weekly, Thrive, The Idaho Statesman, and Idaho Magazine. He is the founder of the Writers Write fiction workshop series, co-founder of Storyfort, and curator of Modern Campfire Stories and the Couch Surfer Artist Series.