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Strange Love: A Short Fiction Workshop

June 8-29, 2021
Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (four sessions)
Online via Zoom


“Life is a flower,” wrote Victor Hugo, “whose honey is love.” Yet too much honey can make fiction syrupy, saccharine, cloying. In this month-long workshop, we’ll use model stories, generative exercises, workshop critiques, and focused revision to defamiliarize love stories through point of view, voice, plot, situation, sensory details, and genre. By the end of the class, writers will have completed several writing exercises, drafted a short story, and learned strategies to make love stories “strange”—fresh, unexpected, and original.

Access Program

We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classses have at least one access spot available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a writing class at the Access Rate.

Summer of Love
This summer we are offering several writing classes developed around the theme of love. You can see them all listed here.


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Jeremy Townley

Jeremy Townley’s work has appeared in Collier’sHarvard ReviewHayden’s Ferry ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Threepenny Review, and other magazines and journals. He has taught writing and literature at the University of Portland, Pacific University, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
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