Kristopher Jansma

MFA, Columbia University. Author of Why We Came to the City and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, winner of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award and recipient of an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Contributor to The New York Times, Salon, ZYZZVA, The Believer, The Millions, Slice, and Electric Literature. Also an assistant professor of English and creative writing at SUNY New Paltz. SLC, 2015–

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Fiction Workshop: The Nature of the Fun


In this fiction workshop, students will share and critique original works of fiction in a constructive environment dedicated to discovering, or rediscovering, the “fun” in our writing process. Through conversation and a series of readings emphasizing the role of “work as play” in fiction, you will—as David Foster Wallace wrote in his essay of the same name—“go deep inside yourself and illuminate precisely the stuff you don’t want to see or let anyone else see […] precisely the stuff all writers and readers everywhere share and respond to, feel.”