About this Course
After bouncing back and forth between teaching fiction and non-fiction workshops for years, it occurred to me it might be useful to bring these two"genres" together into a single workshop. Good essays borrow some of the qualities of great fiction, and the essay form's sense of purpose can often be a useful aspect to deepen a short story. To be more blunt about it: some essays make better short stories, and vice versa. Why not explore both possibilities?
Whether working in fiction or nonfiction, the challenge all writers face is in creating narratives that ring true to the reader. This workshop will allow students to dip into both genres--short story and creative non-fiction--and measure their work against the same literary standards: character, conflict, detail and use of language. Each student will be able to workshop at least two full-length stories or essays during the course. In addition, students will be given short, focused, weekly assignments designed to break them out of their comfort zone. Live chat Wednesdays, 7pm CT. 10 weeks, $275.
Ken is a gifted instructor and his talent for engaging students shines throughout his course.
"Taking Ken's class was the single best thing I have ever done to improve my writing. I feel my technical skills and my ability to select subject matter improves on a weekly basis."
"Ken is remarkably patient and very human, bringing out the best in his students, both as writers and critics. At the end of the class every one us wanted to continue studying with him."
"Ken is a thoughtful, engaged instructor who reads work with an eye towards quality."
"Ken taught me how to analyze and edit my work so I can produce powerful, polished pieces."
"I loved Ken's workshop. When I finished the class, I felt good about what I'd accomplished and excited to continue writing."
"Ken is a wonderful teacher. He gave each student thoughtful and useful feedback that inspired confidence. He understands the craft of writing and has the skills to teach it."
"Ken gave thought-provoking assignments and critiques and kept up with our questions on the message boards. He has a great deal to offer as an instructorand is sensitive to his students' needs and abilities."
Ken Foster is the author of a memoir, The Dogs Who Found Me; a collection of stories, The Kind I'm Likely to Get; and a collection of essays,Dogs I Have Met. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Salon, Fence, Bomb, McSweeney's, The Believer, The New York Times, Bark, The San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Yaddo, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and The Sewanee Writers Conference. He has taught at The New School, Florida State University, the University of New Orleans, and elsewhere. His most recent book, I'm a Good Dog, was selected as one of the year's best by Vanity Fair Magazine.