The Stories in Things

with Rivka Galchen
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Thursday, April 29, 2021• Tuesday, May 4, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Applications & nominations now closed.
Deadline: March 16.

In this four-session class, we’ll write and workshop creative nonfiction stories either about the classroom setting or about teaching and teachers more generally. The stories must be narrated through careful attention to objects that hold meaning or memories for the writer. The objects could be anything—an overhead projector, a buffalo head nickel, or an old car. To illuminate the idea of stories told through things, we’ll read William Golding’s Essay “Thinking as a Hobby,” which structures its ideas around three small statuettes that Golding remembers from the bookshelf of his old schoolmaster. Our first class will be a craft-based discussion of the Golding essay, and the second and third classes will be workshops of participant’s pieces. 

This is a four-session master class. In the first three sessions, teachers learn from the master. In the fourth, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Rivka Galchen is a critically acclaimed essayist and fiction writer. She is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction, and has been a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Award, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for The New Yorker, whose editors selected her for their list of 20 Under 40 American Fiction Writers in 2010. She also holds an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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