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“Even confession needs some transformation to make it work, I believe—you save yourself not by repeating the facts but by playing with them, by introducing the imaginary into the actual wherever it is needed, so that your writing expresses not only an outer truth but what, for lack of a better phrase, I’m going to have to call an inner truth,” writes Paul La Farge at The New Yorker.
How do you structure a short story? In the readings for this workshop, we’ll look at the ways in which various writers have imagined—and reinvented—story structure, in order to communicate narrative tension and emotional truth. We’ll think about structure as it relates to our own work too, in constructive and thoughtful discussion of each student’s writing.
Class meets Mondays: July 13, 20, 27 and August 3.
Students are chosen by Paul La Farge on the basis of a manuscript submission. Applications must be received by Monday, April 27 at 5 pm. Click here for submission guidelines.
Paul La Farge is the author of The Artist of the Missing; Haussmann, or the Distinction; The Night Ocean and Luminous Airplanes, “one of the best works of fiction to come my way in a long time. A quiet triumph of a book,” wrote Gary Shteyngart. La Farge is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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