Summer Craft Intensive: Temim Fruchter


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The Crowded Room: Throwing Parties on the Page with Temim Fruchter
Sunday, July 21
9AM –  12 PM PST / 12 PM – 3 PM EST

In an interview about his book Real Life, Brandon Taylor calls the dinner party “…one of literature’s great locked rooms.” In an interview in The Atlantic, Alexander Chee says that there’s a “chaos agent” quality to a party, and that “you just don’t know who’s going to be there, or why.” In fiction, a scene featuring a roomful of guests gathered for a particular occasion—be it a dinner party, a party party, a holiday meal, a wedding, or a seance—can be a real opportunity to turn up the stakes, or simply to render more vivid both the characters you’re creating and the world those characters inhabit. Through examples, discussion, and generative prompts, we’ll examine some of the ways a gathering can function in a work of fiction; consider why and when to throw a party on the page; and experiment with ways to bring a crowded room to life in our own work.

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: Temim Fruchter is a queer nonbinary anti-Zionist Jewish writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Maryland, and is the recipient of fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Vermont Studio Center, and a 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. She is co-host of Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, CITY OF LAUGHTER, a New York Times Editors’ Pick, is out now on Grove Atlantic.