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8-Week Mixed Levels Fiction

Class Begins Wednesday, April 10, 2019


$450 New Student | $425 Returning

Writing can be a solitary experience and the greats leave behind warnings with their masterpieces. According to Franz Kafka, “Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.” Hemingway famously said of his craft, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

Daunting, no?

But while every writer has to face the page alone, this mixed levels workshop for short story writers and novelists offers a supportive, enthusiastic community for exchanging stories and ideas. Together, we'll explore the craft of fiction, read great writing, and support each other in a workshop centered on constructive critique. We will explore techniques such as narrative voice, place, character development, and plot. Each writer will have two opportunities to workshop up to 25 pages and receive typed commentary from the instructor and peers. No prior experience in fiction is required, but courage is highly recommended.

NOTE: Students must purchase Best American Short Stories 2018 and Charles Baxter's Burning Down the House as the foundational texts for the course.

  • Kelsey Ronan, Instructor

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:00PM / April 10, 2019 to May 29, 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 Kelsey Ronan holds an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University and is the former writer-in-residence of the Hub City Writers Project. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and lives in Detroit. Her stories and essays have appeared in many magazines and literary journals, including Michigan Quarterly Review, New Ohio ReviewUtne ReaderKenyon ReviewBelt MagazineIndiana Review, and others. Her essay on the Flint Water Crisis, "Blood and Water," was honored as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2017, and she was the winner of New Ohio Review's 2018 Nonfiction Contest, judged by Roxane Gay. She recently completed a collection of linked short stories set in Flint, and is working on a memoir.