ONSITE: Close Reading Workshop: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Did you know that fiction and creative nonfiction often use similar elements of narrative design? For writers of fiction and/or creative nonfiction, this class will be part craft discussion, part workshop, part generative space. Each week, we will close-read an essay or short story and articulate the craft elements being used (for example: POV, subject juxtaposition, braided structure, dialogue as story), and then use those elements in our own work. You will write four short works, either essays or short stories, your preference.

Special Notes

  • Students will come prepared having read the assigned essay or short story for that week's craft discussion, and will provide written feedback for each other’s workshop pieces. Your written work can be either fiction or creative nonfiction. Students will be provided copies of the essays and short stories that we’ll be reading in advance of class discussion. Students need writing materials for in-class writing prompts (laptop or notebook). Students will be expected to exchange class materials via email, so must be able to regularly access internet from home as well.
  • This class will not meet on 11/22/2021.
  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
  • Students must follow social distancing protocols and wear masks at all times. For more info visit This is an On-site course. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit
About the Instructor

April Sopkin

April Sopkin's work appears in Carve Magazine, Southern Indiana Review, The Southampton Review, failbetter, SAND Journal, and elsewhere. Her work has won the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, the Patricia Aakhus Award, and the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, and been supported by fellowships and artist residencies from the Tin House Summer Workshop, Norman Mailer Center, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, Jentel, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She received a dual-genre MFA in fiction and nonfiction from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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ONSITE: Close Reading Workshop: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

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Class Details
October 25 - November 2910 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Day: Mon
Tuition: $145.00
Member Tuition: $130.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: April Sopkin
Level: All Levels