Spring Craft Intensive: Uche Okonkwo


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Why So Tense?: Exploring Tension and the Body in Fiction with Uche Okonkwo
Saturday, June 1st
9:30 AM  – 12:30 PM PST / 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

In this craft intensive, we will examine moments of tension and conflict (internal and external) in fiction and explore how we write tension into and through the body. How can tension be employed to raise the stakes in stories and create more depth in characters? How do writers create memorable, compelling moments of tension and conflict that resonate long after the last page is turned? We will read and discuss examples from fiction to attempt to answer these questions. We will also explore how careful, deliberate attention to the body can elevate moments of tension.

This intensive is best suited for beginners and intermediate writers.

We have one scholarship available for this intensive. Scholarships are conducted through a lottery. If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out this form.

BIO: Uche Okonkwo’s stories have been published in A Public Space, Zyzzyva, One Story, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, and Lagos Noir, among others. A former Bernard O’Keefe Scholar at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and resident at Art Omi, she is a recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. Okonkwo grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently pursuing a creative writing PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.