Hey, everyone! Beginning this July, I’ll be teaching an online creative writing workshop with the Eckleburg Workshops. I’ll be teaching Historical Fiction II: Advanced Techniques. My O. Henry Prize Story “Good Faith” takes place in the early 20th century, and it hinged on these research/writing techniques I’ll be teaching, including a last-minute race to figure out exactly when the Oxford loafer came to the U.S.
Interested? Sign up! It starts the first Sunday of August, 2015. And please do share this far and wide, friends. A more detailed description is below, and you can sign up here.
How do you write authentic-sounding historical fiction? Writing in a time before you were born, or even before your grandparents were born, can be a daunting task that leads writers either to flood the reader with extraneous information or leave the setting all but blank. In this four-week workshop, you will complete three new fiction prose pieces or polish one longer story based in one (or several) historical setting(s). We will study how the best writers of historical fiction practice their craft and learn how to incorporate historical research into fiction. We will focus on balancing detail with subtlety, achieving that perfect medium of authenticity. The course will begin on the first Sunday of the month, with lessons due at the end of each week, allowing you to log in at your convenience. Our forum and comment sections will give you access to peer and instructor feedback throughout each week.
Folks, I totally forgot to inform you that at the end of last year, I spoke on the Ohio State English podcast about blogging. I discuss my rather shaky blogging feelings with fellow writers David Winter and Zachary Leven. Lee Martin also appears in the podcast. Please check it out here in iTunes.
I am ecstatic to let you know that my story “The Muscle and the Eye” will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Southeast Review! I’m honored to be included in such a fine publication. My story, they tell me, will be part of the fall issue.
Check out the current issue, too, because my good friend Jennifer M. Colatosti has a piece appearing in it.
I will be reading some prose (and perhaps poetry) at the upcoming Paging Columbus reading on November 6th from 6-8 p.m. at the OSU Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio. The theme is “Appetite, Hunger, and Craving,” a perfect subject for the first gnawings of winter.
Fellow readers are Maggie Smith and Okla Elliott. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page— please come by!
“What makes your stomach or your soul growl? Amuse your bouche and brain at Paging Columbus: Appetite, Hunger, and Craving on Thursday, November 6. Tempting you with literary delicacies will be Colleen Morrissey, Maggie Smith, and Okla Elliott. As usual, our event runs from 6-8 PM at OSU Urban Arts Space, with readings hot off the griddle at 6:30. There will of course be light refreshments, refreshing company, and absolutely delicious poetry, prose, and art.”
It’s O. Henry day! My story “Good Faith” is in very good company in the anthology.
Please pick up a copy from your local store (but if you’re in Omaha, Nebraska, don’t go to the Crossroads Barnes & Noble because my mom’s already cleaned them out), or read the introduction and buy it here.
A week from today, the day after my birthday, the O. Henry Prize 2014 anthology drops, with my story “Good Faith” appearing in it. I would be much obliged if you would pre-order online or from your local store or just wait to pick it up next Tuesday. I’ve read some of the other stories that will be appearing in it, and they make it far worth the very good price.
Sorry about the short notice, but the folks at Harpur Palate were nice enough to have me on the program for their reading tomorrow (Friday the 20th) night at The Lost Dog Lounge in Binghamton, New York at 9 p.m. I’ll be reading from “Good Faith,” so I hope that if you’re in the area, you’ll come by!