Come summertime, we here at ASF like to tackle big books (we did Infinite Summer last year) and read at local watering holes. Summer tends to be a little quieter around the office, so it’s a good time for us to reflect on the past year and gear up for the coming months. It’s ideal for recharging, gaining fresh perspective, and pursuing something new (such as a writing class, say).
We figured that other folks may be looking for something creative to do this summer, so with that in mind, we’re launching three classes. Two of them are here in Austin; one is online. Enrollment is underway.
I was utterly dazzled by the Atlantic’s First Drafts project . . . and I thought the Poets & Writers Inspiration issue had lots of great insights on sourcing ideas and writerly obsessions, too. These two magazines got me thinking about writers and their processes, how they filter the world, and what inspires them. This class offers different writers’ takes on inspiration. Four visiting writers will share their writing tips, sources of discovery, and jump-right-in exercises Sundays this June. We’re calling this four-week series Jump Starts: Weekly Talks on Writing and Inspiration. In Austin.
Wednesday nights in June, we’re offering our popular fiction workshop. A supportive and exploratory experience for both new and practicing writers, this eight-week course tackles the craft of fiction writing with directed readings and assignments. Students will prepare stories for discussion and receive feedback on revision and preparing material for publication. Instructor Michael Noll, a former ASF contributor and an Assistant Editor at Narrative, has received praise from past students for his “especially useful and original” teaching methods and his exceptional readings and commentary on student work. In Austin.
And finally, for those looking for flexible scheduling and the ability to join in from anywhere, we’ve opened registration for an online workshop. Eight weeks of generative exercises and great discussion of craft and student work, plus plenty of writing dos and don’ts from writers and editors. Kicks off June 15. Online.
You can see more detail on all three classes here.
We keep our class sizes small so that everyone gets individualized attention and specific feedback on their work. Questions about the classes? Drop us a line at info[at]americanshortfiction.org.