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SHORT STORY WORKSHOP, Digging Trenches: A Generative Fiction Workshop

  • 09 Aug 2022
  • 30 Aug 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • 09 Aug 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • 16 Aug 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • 23 Aug 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • 30 Aug 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom
  • 6


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Digging Trenches: A generative fiction workshop. The foundational aspects of plumbing a house do not start with roughing in water lines or PVC, and they certainly don't include the fancy ornamental sinks or shower heads. All of that comes later. In order to plumb a new house, start to finish, we first need to dig trenches to lay cast iron, which will ultimately flow to the city sewer line. Then the concrete foundation, exterior walls, and all of a sudden we see the outline of a house emerge. Throughout this generative workshop, we'll be digging our own trenches and building our foundation. We'll focus on character and setting, conflict and empathy -- critical aspects of all good fiction. We'll read contemporary short stories from Kenyon Review, Narrative, and other literary journals as blueprints for how to incorporate dialogue, action, desire, conflict. We'll read, discuss, and write. We'll dig, pour, and build. 


Keith Lesmeister is the author of the story collection We Could’ve Been Happy Here. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, New Stories from the Midwest, North American Review, Redivider, SLICE, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, River Teeth, Sycamore Review, Tin House Open Bar, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and serves as editor of CutleafHe lives in Iowa’s Driftless region.

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