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8-Week Mixed Levels Fiction

Class Begins Wednesday, January 16, 2019


$475 New Student | $450 Returning

Anyone who’s had a literary crush knows the power of a well-crafted character to beguile, frustrate, and perplex. As writers, we tend to be observers with rich inner lives, and we’re naturally drawn to psychologically complex characters. Done skillfully, characters’ vulnerabilities and obsessions drive the plot forward and make things happen. Done with a heavier hand, character development halts forward motion and turns a story into a case study.

If you’re a beginning or intermediate fiction writer who creates complex, poetic, richly textured characters but struggles to keep them occupied, this workshop is for you. Instructor and inveterate armchair psychoanalyst T.M. De Vos will help you balance character development with plot so your collection of beautiful souls can move out into the world.

We’ll use Josip Novakovich’s Fiction Writers’ Workshop as a lens for exploration as well as a source of prompts and re-imaginings. Each writer will have two opportunities to workshop up to 25 pages and receive typed commentary from the instructor and peers.

NOTE: Students must purchase a copy of Fiction Writers’ Workshop by Josip Novakovich as a foundational text for the course.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Wednesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / January 16, 2019 to March 6, 2019

  • Class meets at Bamboo Detroit at 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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Instructor T.M. De Vos has taught at the University of Michigan, New York University, and in the New York City public school system. She holds an MFA from New York University and a Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan, and is currently inching toward a PhD at Wayne State University. De Vos is the recipient of fellowships by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, Murphy Writing Seminars, Summer Literary Seminars, and Cullman Center for Teachers at the New York Public Library. Her short story, 'The Wrong Sort of Woman,' received the 2018 Paper Darts Short Fiction Award, judged by Carmen Maria Machado. She is currently wrapping up Face Control, her first novel.