Writers' Book Club - Thursday, 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm


Writers' Book Club - Thursday, 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm


5 Week Semester

May 24 - June 21
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

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What makes a riveting novel? Why are some memoirs so captivating? 

Hint: it's not the plot. 

In this class, we will read chapters in Mohsin Hamid's Exit West once for pleasure, and then, re-read looking for the subtle cues and devices that you didn't learn about in English class. 

Reading and then re-reading a book is a way to unpack the unseen strategies that great writers have learned. "Unseen" because they are extended design systems which the best writers all employ. It's these systems that make us feel like what we're reading syncs in with our thinking. By slowing down the reading process and working with an informed guide, aspiring craftspersons can see the design that makes a storyteller compelling, and then transfer this knowledge to their own work.

What we discuss in this class is likely not a review of the many "how writers read" books. It's not about the plot and it's not about the sentences, no matter what you may have heard.

Come and learn the real structure of your imagination.