Identifying & Overcoming Challenges in Writing Fiction
with Meg Wolitzer
This class is for participants who have a fiction work in progress. It will combine workshop, writing prompts, and mentorship, providing individually focused guidance for each participant. We will delve into your manuscript and discover what it most ideally wants to be and what needs to happen for it to become that.
Each participant should bring a short excerpt from their own writing, a page or two you admire from published work by another author, and a brief written discussion of what you think are the most important problems you need to overcome in your current project.
You will have the chance to get individually tailored feedback from Meg on your work, particularly on how to address the challenges that you and Meg think are most crucial for your work. You will be given individually designed exercises and prompts, and will get feedback on your work from the rest of the class. This class will be intense but, most of all, encouraging. It will allow you to solve those writing problems that are keeping your work from its fullest potential and will gently and insightfully give you the push you need to create your best writing.
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings, The Ten-Year Nap, The Wife, and other books. Her latest novel, The Female Persuasion, was named to various Notable and Best Books of 2018 lists, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, People, Glamour, and Kirkus Reviews. She was the guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017, and has also published books for young readers, including To Night Owl From Dogfish, co-written with Holly Goldberg Sloan. Wolitzer is currently a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program, where she co-directs BookEnds, a one-year, non-credit intensive in the novel. The recent, critically-acclaimed film based on her novel The Wife starred Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.