Covid-19, global warming, the war in Ukraine, monkeypox… the list of existential threats to humanity seems to grow weekly, both in number, and in intensity. And while it is important to write about these threats, this looming darkness, a writer must also remember to document the good, the kind, and the sweet.
This master class will discuss works by Tony Earley, James Alan McPherson, and Kent Haruf to name a few. The course will address how to write with kindness and compassion with becoming saccharine, managing artistic darkness, and the good in paying tribute to lost souls and real heroes.
About Nickolas Butler
Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the internationally-best selling novel Shotgun Lovesongs, a collection of short stories entitled Beneath the Bonfire and The Hearts of Men, which has been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards. He is the winner of France's prestigious PAGE Prix America, the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Award, the 2014 Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, the 2015 UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award, and has been long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty Dunnan Award for First Novel and short-listed for France's FNAC Prix.
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