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Reading (the Booker Prize) like a Writer

Craft-based reading: how great books are built to move the reader.

  • 1 h
  • 50 US dollars
  • online

Service Description

July 27, Maggie Shiptead's "The Great Circle." One Wednesday evening per month from April to August 2022, we will gather online to explore and discuss one of the books on the 2021 Booker Prize Shortlist. We will look at each acclaimed work, at structure, style on a sentence level, thematic choices and overall effect. In this way we will examine how experienced writers do what they do so well. We will also experiment with generative writing based on the books, allowing the readings to engender deeper exploration in our own work. You are responsible for getting the books yourself. Every workshop will be stand alone. Feel free to pop in and pop out. Dates will be:, April 6, reading Patricia Lockwood's, "No One Is Talking About This" May 4, reading Nadifa Mohamed's, "The Fortune Men" June 1, reading Anuk Arudpragasam's "A Passage North" June 29, reading Richard Power's "Bewilderment." July 27, Maggie Shiptead's "The Great Circle." August 24, reading (the winner) "The Promise" by Damon Galgut Apologies if the calendar system is a bit cumbersome! Click straight to the dates you want. They don't just pop up. Email with questions: Email with questions: The workshops will be two hours long and online. This workshop is open to all levels of writers and readers. Robin McLean worked as lawyer and then a potter in the woods of Alaska before turning to writing. Her first story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was twice a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Story Prize. Her debut novel Pity the Beast was published November 2021 by And Other Stories and called "a work of crazy brilliance" and was noted as a best book of fiction of the year in The Guardian. Her second story collection, Get'em Young, Treat'em Tough, Tell'em Nothing is forthcoming, also from And Other Stories, in October 2022.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Workshops are 100% refundable up to 7 days before the workshop.

Contact Details


3350 Ike's Canyon Road, Manhattan, NV 89022 USA

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