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What Happens Next?: A Creative Writing Workshop


Uwem Akpan, Instructor 

NOTE: This workshop takes place during Winter Break.

One of the greatest challenges for most people who are learning to write fiction is creating the narrative tension that keeps us turning the page. Unless you make your reader want to know what happens next, your story is dead, no matter how important.  In this workshop we will explore stories by Chinua Achebe (“The Voter” and “The Madman”), Isaac Singer (“Gimpel the Fool”), and Robert Butler (“Love”) before participants have an opportunity to create prose of their own that makes the reader ask, "And then? And then?"
Uwem Akpan’s short story collection, Say You’re One of Them, has been translated into ten languages and was selected by Oprah's Book Club in 2009, and several of his stories have been published by The New Yorker. His awards include the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Africa Region), the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. A Catholic priest, Akpan divides his time between his native Nigeria and the United States.


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