This Is How We Do It: A Practical Approach to Craft

Bret Anthony Johnston is a novelist and short story writer, the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, and is the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University. This workshop will be a fast-paced catch-all. Bret will take apart elements of craft, and will explore plot, characterization, point-of-view, setting, and dialogue. The workshop will explain the alchemy that leads to satisfying narratives. The approach will be practical and pragmatic—all highfalutin notions and thematic/theoretical concerns should kindly be checked at the door—the goal will be to engage the means by which a reader’s attention is arrested, sustained, and rewarded.  The class will complete exercises designed to generate material, deepen characterization, and enhance point-of-view.

July 12, 2014 @ 10AM - 1PM
7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Bret Anthony JohnstonBret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This, which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent and The Irish Times. He is also the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work has appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyEsquireThe Paris Review, Glimmer Train StoriesVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. His awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, and the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesNew York Times Magazine, The Wall Street JournalTin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.