Summer Craft Intensive: Jenny Xie


Editor's Note

Finding an Angle: When Perspective is Plot with Jenny Xie
Sunday, August 25th
10 AM –  1 PM PST / 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Managing plot can feel daunting, but another way to approach the question is obliquely—through playing with perspective. What happens when one character is filtered through the lens of another? Or when we leap forward to another vantage point in time? This session will investigate how unexpected choices and changes in point of view can yield tension, intrigue, complexity, and revelation that drive the story forward, creating an engine that both supports and challenges more traditional notions of plot. We’ll learn from the masterful restraints and reveals of Alice Munro, the unsettling omissions of Han Kang, the altered states of Denis Johnson, and more in a blend of discussion, writing, and Q&A.

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: Jenny Xie is the author of Holding Pattern (Riverhead Books), a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, New York Times Editors’ Choice, and Belletrist Book Club pick. Her short fiction has appeared in AGNI, Ninth Letter, Joyland, Adroit Journal, Narrative, The Offing, and the Best of the Net Anthology, among other publications. Her writing on design, travel, and culture has been featured in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy, Them, and Dwell, where she was previously the Executive Editor. Jenny holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, and is the grateful recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell, Yaddo, Kundiman, Aspen Words, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Loghaven, and other organizations.