Are you writing fiction that is a little bit different? Maybe your work doesn’t fit neatly into any genre or category. Maybe it doesn’t conform to what you’re been told good writing should be. All is welcome and encouraged in this five-week workshop designed to help strengthen, deepen, and enrich your fiction, no matter the form. Writers should be prepared to submit one piece of fiction in advance of the first workshop. (Workshop submissions are limited to 25 double-spaced pages—one story, a novel excerpt, or up to three pieces of flash. Ideally, novel excerpts should consist of first 25 pages rather than a chapter from the middle of the manuscript.) During close readings of these submissions, we’ll discuss breaking the rules of plot, character development, structure, style, tension, pacing, and more, while additional assignments will help generate strange new material.
Matt Weinkam is a writer, editor and college instructor with published work in Denver Quarterly, Sonora Review, New South, Midwestern Gothic, Split Lip, Covered w/ Fur, DIAGRAM, Quarter After Eight, Electric Literature and Mutilations on a Theme: Best Innovative College Writing among others. Matt is currently the prose editor of Gordon Square Review, a founding editor of Threadcount Magazine, and a former Managing Editor of Passages North literary journal. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University, an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University, and he has taught creative writing as far away as Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China. He currently lives in Cleveland with his wife, cat, dog, and book collection.