"All writing, all art is a wild leap off a cliff because there is nothing to support you. You are creating something out of nothing. It comes from within," Jhumpa Lahiri's words have power. They resonate. They stay.
We will delve into the craft and the art involved in writing fiction. We will explore and examine the fundamental elements of good storytelling (character, conflict, dialogue, themes, setting and narrative style), read variety of fiction, write together as a group and learn how to workshop fiction. Of course, the aim for the course is to understand what constitutes "good writing," how do we decide who to write for, how do we critique other writers, how do we preserve this challenging time in our fiction and how do we seek agents and publishers?
Her debut novel, 'Ashes, Wine and Dust' was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and is still currently a national bestseller in South Asia. Her short stories have been published in American Literary Review, The Punch Magazine, Salamander, Greensboro Review and The Malahat Review. She won the Reynolds Price Prize for Fiction (Center for Women Writers, Salem College), and has been a finalist for the 51st New Millennium Writing Award, Salamander Short Fiction Award and the Robert Watson Literary Prize.
Most recently, her second book, a collection of short-stories, What Remains After a Fire, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Literary Awards, by the Sante Fe Writer's Prize.
She is represented by United Talent Agency and C & W (The Curtis Brown Group UK).
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