Elizabeth Gaffney: The Novel Workshop

Brooklyn, NY Wednesdays, March 6–April 10

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.

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.

Course Schedule
Wednesdays
March 6 – April 10
6:30 – 9:00 pm
6 sessions

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $595.00


Robert Sullivan: Master Class

Brooklyn, NY Thursday, March 28

Robert Sullivan, the author of Rats, Meadowlands, and essays for A Public Space on Fulton Mall and New York Harbor, leads a class on reading the landscape—and writing as a way to map where you exist.

Course Schedule

Thursday, March 28

6:30–9:30 p.m.

1 session

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $120.00


Camille Rankine: Words in Action

Brooklyn, NY Thursdays, April 11 – May 2

Generate new work as we chart a course through the landscape of arts and action, and explore poetry, essay, fiction, and hybrid forms in your writing.

Can language be a catalyst for change? Can speech constitute action? In this workshop, we will examine the ways in which the work of writing can be a space of political action and social engagement. Through the study and discussion of the works of Audre Lorde, Rebecca Solnit, James Baldwin, Claudia Rankine, Layli Long Soldier, Cornelius Eady, Solmaz Sharif, Javier Zamora, Adrienne Rich, and others, we’ll investigate ideas of literary activism, and consider what responsibilities a writer may ​(or may not)​ have to their communities; and to address issues like injustice, inequality, violence, and the pressing concerns of our society today. We will ​explore how writers use form, voice, sound, and syntax to respond to political and social issues; and to create a stirring landscape that inspires, chills, and provokes.

Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published by Copper Canyon Press; she is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. A member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council and a visiting professor at the New School, she lives in New York City.


Course Schedule
Thursdays
April 11–May 2
6:30 - 9:00 pm
4 sessions

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $395.00


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