“The real world seen mythically does shape the creative world.”― Balkrishna Doshi, Paths Uncharted
Semi-regular writing salons in Bozeman, MT. Sign up for the email list below to stay posted on these.
Scenes & Stages
(6-wk workshop led by Chase Culler)
Wednesdays, 7pm est, through Zoom
May 10 – June 21*
“A short story is a scene, and a novel is a collection of scenes.” It’s a simple definition my boss and mentor Clyde Edgerton gave me the first year of my MFA. There are times when I couldn’t agree with him less—how simplistic!— and other times when I think, God, “I’ve been reading stream-of-consciousness for pages, where is the scene?!”
This class explores all different flavors of scenes and their settings. Why does it matter how long a scene is? Why does my scene feel more dramatic when I set my characters on an important stage, let’s say in public, on a train or at a fancy dinner, as opposed to their bedrooms or the inside of their own heads? Scenes are big and blobby but they do have structure, even action! Here we will review scenes as long as ten pages and as short as one sentence and argue that one isn’t better than another—they’re just different ways to pace our stories.
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Bozeman Writing Classes Instructors:
Chase Culler is a fiction writer, bookseller, and professor living in Massachusetts. Currently he teaches in the Writing Program at Boston University where he focuses on queer narratives. He is from Mount Airy, North Carolina. You can read his short story, “The Love Division,” here. Connect with him on Instagram here.
Maria Anderson is from Three Forks, Montana. Her fiction has recently appeared in Ploughshares, Storythings 10, Sewanee Review, McSweeney’s, Edible Bozeman, Alpinist, and Best American Short Stories 2018. Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward selected her stories “Water Moccasin” and “Wetumpka” as distinguished in Best American Short Stories 2021. She is represented by Molly Atlas at ICM. She likes skiing, trail running, cold soaks, and hot springs.