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Master Class: Follow the Desire: Writing Gripping Fiction with R.O. Kwon

$70.00 · June 4

In this class, we’ll look at others’ desire-filled writing and dream up some of our own. How do we follow what our characters want, and, pulled along, find a world?

Start Date

June 4

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$70

In stock

Description

Kurt Vonnegut once said that, on every page of fiction, someone should want something. I not only agree with him, but also expand this credo: I believe that, in every line of our fiction, desire can and most likely should be present. It seems truthful to life as I know it: every second of my life, I seem to want and want and want, and the characters I write do so, too. Desire is so central to my fiction that it supplies much of a book’s shape and story: I follow what my characters want, and, pulled along, find a world. But how to do so? And with desire often comes great vulnerability: to admit to wanting can be shaming, even terrifying, and how to grapple with such complications and fears?

In this class, we’ll look at others’ desire-filled writing and dream up some of our own.

About R.O. Kwon

R. O. Kwon’s Exhibit, a novel, will publish in May 2024 with Riverhead. Kwon’s nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries, has been translated into seven languages and was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. The Incendiaries was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award. Kwon and Garth Greenwell co-edited the bestselling Kink, a New York Times Notable Book and recipient of the inaugural Joy Award.


Kwon’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Guardian, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo, and she is the Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford University. Born in Seoul, Kwon has lived most of her life in the United States.