How to Write a Story: A Workshop with Carolyn Cooke

Event has passed (Thu Feb 8, 2018 - Thu Feb 8, 2018)
California Institute of Integral Studies - CIIS
06:30 PM
Community, Literary
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This event is part of our How To Workshop Series: Fall/Winter 2017/18. Purchase series registration here.
Stories can hold us in suspense, transport us, reveal the intricate truths of private life, and the paradoxes of human nature. Stories can illuminate the brutal specificity of a moment or the trajectory of a lifetime in a few pages. How is this done? Can you learn to do it?
In this workshop, you’ll learn to write an extremely short story and develop your capacity to evoke situation, character, atmosphere, and point of view. Leave with a list of your own story ideas and a few techniques for inventing a reality in which other people (your readers) might want to spend time.

Carolyn Cooke is the author of a novel, Daughters of the Revolution, and two collections of short stories, The Bostons and Amor and Psycho. Her fiction has won the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, has been shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and has been featured in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Paris Review. Cooke is a professor in the MFA Programs at CIIS. 


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