Fiction Writing Class with Hilary Plum

pen and inkOpen Book is thrilled to announce a new fiction writing class taught by local novelist, editor and writing teacher Hilary Plum.

This eight-week workshop will offer inspiration, guidance, and community to help you progress as a writer of fiction. In these eight weeks, we’ll undertake a rigorous exploration of all things fiction, while providing the support and structure that writers at all stages require.

Each participant should come with a work in progress, whether a short story, a draft of a novel (partial or full), or some pages you don’t know yet how to define: projects of all lengths and genres are welcome, though we ask that you have at least 20 pages already written.

At each weekly meeting, we will share and discuss several participants’ work, as well as occasional short additional readings. Our discussion will serve as a means to explore the issues of craft essential to narrative prose: conflict, characterization, dialogue, description, scene and exposition, syntax and style. We’ll ask participants to do a small amount of reading weekly, and please come prepared to try new experiments in writing.

If you are working on a nonfiction project and think you might benefit from this workshop, we’d also be happy to hear from you.

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Hilary Plum author smallHilary Plum is the author of the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). She has worked for a number of years as an editor of Hilary Pluminternational literature, including as co-director of Clockroot Books; currently she co-edits the Open Prose Series at Rescue Press and is a book-review editor with the Kenyon Review. She has taught creative writing and composition in a number of universities and community settings. Recent fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, the Seneca Review, Consequence, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere.

Class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9pm on the following dates:

September 30

October: 7, 14, 21

November: 4, 11, 18

December 2

(Please note: this series is sequential except we will be skipping October 28th and skipping 11/25, which is the day before Thanksgiving.)

Cost: $240

Location: class meets at Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

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Author: Lynn Rosen

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