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.
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!
As a follow-up to my last, very exciting announcement: The full table of contents for the 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories has been announced. You can read about the collection in Publishers Weekly (which has the new volume’s cover), the L.A. Times, Publishers Marketplace, and Mediabistro.
Needless to say, I am incredibly honored to be among such good company.
The anthology will be released by Anchor Books on September 9, but you can pre-order it here. You can also read the story that will be included in the collection, “Good Faith,” in its original publication in the Cincinnati Review, Issue 9.2.
I’ve had to sit on this incredibly exciting news for months now, and I can finally share: My story “Good Faith” will be included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014!
The full table of contents hasn’t been released yet, so there is no official announcement for me to link you to, but you can go ahead and pre-order the anthology from Random House, due out in September.
There will be more fun things like my thoughts on the story and being included in the anthology, to be released by the PEN/O. Henry folks in the coming months. I will keep you updated.
The story was originally published in The Cincinnati Review, issue 9, volume 2 (Winter 2013), so check them out if you can’t wait for the anthology.
Very excited and very honored.
I am incredibly honored and thrilled that my story “Good Faith,” which originally appeared in the Cincinnati Review, Issue 9.2, has been named as a Best American Short Story 2013 Notable!
An Alice Munro story is listed right below mine. I’m going to die.