The Workshops: Fiction

June 16-23 and July 7-14, 2018

The Fiction Workshop

Fiction writers have flocked for more than 20 years to the KR Workshops to work, to write, to generate a momentum that will carry them into the future. This isn’t about bringing stories or excerpts of work already securely set down. It’s about the magical combination of shared effort and inspiration that leads to individual achievement.

Workshops meet daily. The small groups of writers and inspiring teachers wrestle with shared readings to understand how a story works rather than what it means. What options do writers have in the way of narrative, of exposition, of point of view? It’s a full-on engagement with the art of fiction.

And more: every participant is challenged by literary prompts and exercises to generate a new work of fiction every day! Writing happens around the clock. Discussions abound in the beautiful dining hall or under soaring trees. Participants hold private conferences both with their instructors, with Peter Taylor Fellows and with one another. Stories appear that are shared first within the workshop and then with the larger community of writers. Sparks fly.

Each class is limited to 10 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a writing sample. The writing sample should be one short story or an excerpt from a longer work. Based on your application, you will be assigned one of the following instructors: Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine, Caitlin Horrocks, Nancy Zafris in session I or Lee K. Abbott or Angie Cruz in session II.

Questions? Please email writers@kenyonreview.org or call 740-427-5196

The application site will open in early January 2018.

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