Tuesdays, February 26 – April 2
Have you always wanted to write a novel? Are you standing at the edge of page one, frozen? Do you have an idea that has been haunting you for years or a box full of notes under your bed? Fear not! This class is designed to ease us into the process, breaking it down, step by step for beginners. Each week we will take up an essential topic – Outlining, Beginnings, Character Development, To Plot or Not, Voice/Style – and combine short exercises with discussion of examples drawn from favorite books. As the course proceeds, we will shift into supportive workshopping and intensive editing of your own efforts. The goal is to have everyone writing, and on their way, by the end.
David Gordon holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University. He is the author most recently of the novel, The Bouncer, published by Mysterious Press/Grove in August 2018. His other books include The Serialist, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award and was adapted into a motion picture in Japan, and Mystery Girl, as well as a short story collection, White Tiger on Snow Mountain. His books have been translated in French, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Russian and Polish. His work has appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. He was born and lives in New York City, where he teaches writing and literature at Pratt Institute.