I’m very happy to share that I’ll be teaching a Master Fiction workshop at GrubStreet this coming spring semester. It’s an advanced class aimed at students who’ve preferably had some previous workshop experience, are thinking of applying to MFAs, or looking to publish their short fiction.
Details are available here: https://grubstreet.org/findaclass/class/master-fiction-16-1-1-1-1-1-1/
Application deadline is December 10th! Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.
This past Monday, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Junot Diaz reading at my former school, Boston University. Junot read as the Ha Jin lecturer for the fall, and was introduced by Ha Jin himself, a former professor and supportive mentor of mine. I’d listened to several interviews and talks by Junot Diaz before, but listening to him answer questions in person was quite an inspiring moment.
Among many of the insightful things he said, he talked about how immigrants who grew up poor–by the sheer nature of having to rebuild their lives–possess the kind of world building tools that can make a great student and writer. It was not only refreshing but also enlightening to see someone who understands the immigrant experience so profoundly, and who believes that what is learned from the struggles of poverty and immigration, although not a requirement for the creation of great art (he made it a point to highlight this), can definitely serve as the foundation of artistic success.
Oh, and I got to take a photograph with him!
This is me with my cousin in Havana, Cuba, in front of the house in which we grew up in the 1980s and 90s. This house inspired the one in my novel.
I’m leading the next Brown Bag Lunch Series meeting at GrubStreet. It’s free and open to anyone who shows up. Come for writing exercises and the opportunity to meet fellow writers.
The meeting is next Wednesday between 12:30 – 1:15pm. If you’re in the Boston area, drop by!
I’m excited to be teaching this one-day class at the Cape Cod Writer’s Retreat in March! The class will deal with how to put together and promote a story collection.
The retreat takes place in the offseason at the historic Inn At the Oaks. It’s a wonderful opportunity to stay at a beautiful place filled with artistic energy, meet with other writers, and take Saturday classes on several topics.
Please feel free to share with anyone who you think might be interested. It is recommended that you sign up for the class by contacting the Inn and making your reservation for the retreat as early as possible. Here’s the contact info:
This is me striking a pose with my parents and their friends in Pinar del Rio in the 1980s. My mom was pregnant at the time with my little brother.
I’m really excited to be teaching yet another class at GrubStreet this fall. It’s a one-day seminar about how to provide context in fiction without hurting your narrative’s momentum. More details are available on the link below. Please share!