Spring 2019: Experimenting with Narrative and Form: April


Spring 2019: Experimenting with Narrative and Form: April


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 Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington

Instructor: Lee Montgomery
For dedicated writers with some experience
Limited to 10 students

This workshop is for writers who are interested in exploring and experimenting with different ways to tell stories. We will focus on fiction or nonfiction and the question of narrative form and how the shape of stories can dictate the stories that we tell.

Texts, tweets, blogs, grocery lists, complaint letters, apologies, class notes, brochures, police blotters, love letters, self-help, power points, will & testament, instructional manuals, how-tos, interviews, cross-examination, depositions, etc. are just a few of the “artifacts” available to authors and are all fair game for storytelling.

Each class will be divided between workshop (open to fiction and nonfiction), a discussion of assigned reading by established authors, and in-class exercises that help authors push the boundaries of story.

Partial reading list includes: Tillie Olson, “As I Stand Here Ironing”; Donald Barthelme, “The Arrangement”; Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried”; Lorrie Moore, “How to be a Writer”; Junot Diaz, “How to Date a Brown Girl”, Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”; Samantha Hunt, “Dear Stephen Hawking”.

Lee Montgomery is the author of The Things Between UsWhose World Is This?, and Searching for Emily: IllustratedThe Things Between Us received the 2007 Oregon Book Award. Whose World Is This? received the 2007 John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award and was also a finalist for the 2008 Ken Kesey Award in Fiction.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at susan@literary-arts.org with your name, contact information, and list three classes in order of preference. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.

If you need to cancel your registration for a writing or storytelling class, the following refund schedule applies:

• 3 days or more before a class, refunds will be issued, less a $35 processing fee.
• 3 days or more before class starts, if you prefer to convert your registration to a credit for an upcoming class, you can receive a tuition credit for an upcoming class for the full amount of your tuition, good for one year.
• 48 hours or less before a class begins, no refund or tuition credit is available.

If Literary Arts has to cancel a class, you will receive a full refund.