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Writer’s Corner: Writing in Theory and Practice, Chapter 5
July 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
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In these Interintellect workshop salons, Sylvia R helps us master the art of the short fiction through reading some of the greatest short story writers and analyzing their techniques.
In this session, we’ll read Turgenev’s “The Singers” and its analysis in “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain”, George Saunders’s literary masterclass on what makes great stories work based on the nineteenth-century Russian short story class he teaches as part of the graduate MFA program at Syracuse University.
The salon will be structured as follows:
Section 1: Discuss
We’ll look into “The Singers” and its analysis in “A Swim in the Pond in the Rain” (p. 61-115)
Section 2: Write
We’ll spend one hour silently writing together. You’re welcome to spend this time on short stories or on anything else: long fiction, non-fiction, journaling, academic papers, Twitter threads, …
Section 3: Exchange Feedback
We’ll hear how others read and understand our words. The aim is for everyone to receive individual feedback on a piece of writing of their choice with concrete suggestions as to how to make it more powerful and convincing.
Salon reading materials:
- “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain” by George Saunders, “The Singers” (p. 61-115). Or if you don’t have the Saunders book, “The Singers”.
- Review for “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain”
- If you have questions on reading materials or salon structure, please get in touch with your host Sylvia R.
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