This generative weekend class takes that classic mandate of all writing instruction, “show don’t tell,” and asks: Really? Always? Our answer will be a tour through the wild terrain of scene, summary, and the gray regions in between. Activities will include exercises, short readings and discussion, out-of-class writing assignments, and compact, focused workshops. Through it all, we’ll retain a proud belief in the written story’s unique ability to weave and manipulate time in ways no other form can, speeding through decades in a matter of words then occupying single moments for whole paragraphs, creating rich temporal textures. This class is open to anyone interested in narrative, including short story writers, novelists, memoirists and more.
Kyle Beachy is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is the author of the novel The Slide (The Dial Press, 2009) and his essays and fiction appear in The Chicagoan, Another Chicago Magazine, FiveChapters, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, PANK, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from The Danish Arts Council and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, but believes firmly that Iowa summers beat them all.