The Book Cellar
We will be at StoryStudio Chicago for Christopher Castellani's master class, Risk Management.
Can a story or poem be great — or even very good — if it doesn’t take some sort of calculated risk? And once it does take that risk — introduced a disruptive scene, image, turn, or shift in style — can the text be about anything else?
We will begin this class — which will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and perhaps a writing prompt — by defining different types of risk and then discuss how the authors of various texts (fiction & poetry) have managed and mitigated them. The goal is to help ourselves assess not only whether to take big chances in our work, but when and how.
Over the course of the class, we may discuss work by Hanya Yanagihara, Andre Aciman, Sharon Olds, Albert Goldbarth, and Lucia Berlin.
This class is SOLD OUT, but you can REGISTER HERE to be put on the wait list.
About Christopher Castellani:
Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, is forthcoming from Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays on point of view in fiction, and three other novels. Christopher works as artistic director of GrubStreet, was a Guggenheim fellow, and is on the faculty of the MFA program at Warren Wilson and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He lives in Boston.