Lynn Steger Strong is the author of the novels Hold Still (Liveright), Want (Henry Holt), and Flight (Mariner). Her nonfiction and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, New York, TIME, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Columbia University and Bates College.
Lynn Steger Strong
Thursday, March 16, 2023
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One of the few absolute truths I believe about writing is that you have to get to the end before you can really start, that you have to understand the whole before you know how best to build and tweak the parts. Almost always, when a scene doesn’t work, and especially an end, the answer to its flaws lie not only in that specific closing scene, but in all the moments leading up; when a middle doesn’t work, it’s because the beginning or the end aren’t quite serving it. In this class, we will look at Lorrie Moore’s “Dance in America,” a near perfect short story (I think), in part because so much of its perfection arises from its structure, because the ending works not only because of its force, its precision, the image where it lands, but because every sentence leading up has prepped us for the power of that scene.
Thursday, March 16, 2023
6:30–8:30 p.m. ET
Online on Zoom
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