Summer Craft Intensive: Laura van den Berg


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Bending Time: The Art of the Speculative Short Story with Laura van den Berg
Sunday, June 23rd
11 AM  – 2 PM PST / 2 – 5 PM EST

This intensive will focus on the art of writing speculative / fantastic short stories, with a particular emphasis on experiments in time, from Julio Cortázar’s parallel timelines in “Island at Noon” to Ted Chiang’s all-knowing narrator in “Story of Your Life.” The intensive will include craft discussion, a writing exercise, and Q & A. We will cover practical tools for how to build “time-bending” speculative worlds without losing our readers—and how bending time in fiction can open up exciting new portals of emotion and meaning.

This craft intensive is best suited for experienced 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: Laura van den Berg was born and raised in Florida. She is the author of five works of fiction, including The Third Hotel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and I Hold a Wolf by the Ears (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020), which was one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020. She is the recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her next two novels, State of Paradise and Ring of Night, are forthcoming from FSG in 2024 and 2026.