Francine Prose: On Subtext

Brooklyn, NY Wednesday, June 13 | Master Class

Acclaimed author Francine Prose joins A Public Space Academy for a Master Class on subtext.

Course Schedule
Wednesday, June 13
6:30–9:30 PM
One session

$120

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org.

Francine Prose is the author of, most recently, Mister Monkey (Harper).

Cancellation Policy: For cancellations within 4 days in advance of the class, we can offer a credit for a future class
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A Public Space

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Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Yiyun Li: Writing About Ourselves

Brooklyn, NY Wednesday, July 11 | Master Class

Award-winning author and contributing editor to A Public Space Yiyun Li joins A Public Space Academy for a three-hour Master Class on autobiographical writing.

This intensive, three-hour course will ask: What compels us to write about ourselves? What drives us to read about the lives of others? It will examine different approaches to writing about the people, places, and events that have made us who and how we are; and gather assets of writerly tools to write about our experiences and our perceptions of the world around us.

Course Schedule
Wednesday, July 11
6:30–9:30 PM
One session

$120

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org.

Yiyun Li is the author of five books, most recently the essay collection Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

Cancellation Policy: For cancellations within 4 days in advance of the class, we can offer a credit for a future class
A Public Space
A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States


Gordon Lish: Severance, Consecution, Recursion, and Other Chimerical Noetics

Brooklyn, NY Saturday, July 14 | Master Class

This Master Class is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org.

Legendary editor Gordon Lish joins A Public Space Academy this summer for a three-hour Master Class on the art of revision.

An editor at Esquire from 1969–1977, then an editor at Knopf until 1995, Lish is known for editing the work of Barry Hannah, Bette Howland, and Raymond Carver, among others. This master class is designed for writers at various stages in their careers who are looking to refine their sentences and shape their pieces to find, as Lish said to Barry Hannah, "your good stuff."

You approach the sublime through editing?
By revising, let's say, yes. Or so I prefer to claim.

Course Schedule
Saturday, July 14
2 PM–5 PM
One session

$120

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org.

Gordon Lish is a writer and editor. As an editor at Esquire and Knopf, he championed the work of some of the most accomplished writers of modern fiction. The author of, most recently, White Plains (Little Island), Lish lives in New York City.

Cancellation Policy: For cancellations within 4 days in advance of the class, we can offer a credit for a future class
A Public Space
A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States


The Novel with Elizabeth Gaffney

Brooklyn, NY June 4 – July 9 | Workshop

Novelists are often underserved by the typical workshop, which—while an excellent forum for considering the short story—does not always manage to accommodate discussions that pertain to larger-scale work: arc, plot, structure, shifts in voice or point of view, long-term character development.

This workshop is designed specifically for writers working on a novel and structured for writers at various stages of the writing process, from drafting, planning, outlining and plotting to revising, honing and refining. Each class will focus on one craft topic and will deal with texts at both the micro and macro levels.

Course Schedule
Mondays
June 4 – July 9
6:30 - 9:00 pm 6 sessions

$650

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org.

Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young (both Random House). Her work has also appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, and many other publications. She was an editor for many years at the Paris Review, and is an editor at large at A Public Space. She teaches writing at New York University and the New School and has taught at Columbia University.

Cancellation Policy: For cancellations within 4 days in advance of the first class, we can offer a credit for a future class
A Public Space
A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States


Essay 1 with John Haskell

Brooklyn, NY June 19 – July 10 | Workshop

How do you tell a story if you don’t have a single story to tell? How do your thoughts become a character in a narrative that has no story? How do you write your thoughts and then rewrite them in a way that encourages people to keep reading? How do you think with words, both written and spoken?

In this four-week introductory workshop to the essay as a narrative form, we will—as both serious readers and engaged practitioners—try to find some possible ways to begin to answer these questions. The course will include critical reading; developing ideas; and a healthy and vigorous discussion of what it takes for a contemporary essay to rise above the din.

Course Schedule
​Tuesdays
June 19 – July ​10
6:30 to 8:30 pm
4 sessions

$350

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at megan@apublicspace.org.

John Haskell is the author of, most recently, The Complete Ballet: A Fictional Essay in Five Acts. His stories and essays have appeared on the radio, in anthologies, and in many magazines. He lives in Brooklyn.

Cancellation Policy: For cancellations within 4 days in advance of the first class, we can offer a credit for a future class
A Public Space
A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

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