Fictional Thinking: Generating Stories, Nurturing Ideas, and Removing Roadblocks
Do you find yourself getting stuck partway through your stories? Do you have trouble generating compelling openings or resonant endings? In this class, we’ll use the techniques of flash fiction — which is storytelling in its most compact and immediate form— to learn different methods of generating ideas, creating and sustaining narrative momentum, and unlocking the hidden paths and possibilities within your stories. You’ll be given a toolbox of practical exercises to help you transform writing roadblocks into narrative opportunities, so you can see your ideas through to their most compelling conclusion. (New this spring, you'll have the option to add a detailed critique of your writing for an additional fee. Details will be sent after you register.) This class meets on three Thursdays, May 20 & 27, and June 3, 6-7:30 p.m.
About the Instructor: Jeff Jackson is a fiction writer, playwright, songwriter, and visual artist. His latest novel “Destroy All Monsters" received praise from Don DeLillo, Janet Fitch, and Dana Spiotta, and rave reviews from The New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR. His widely acclaimed first novel "Mira Corpora” was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Seven of his plays have been produced by the Obie-Award winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company in New York City. Charlotte Magazine selected him as the city’s “Best Author.” He has taught fiction at Davidson College and master classes at North Carolina Writers Network.