with Chigozie Obioma
Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria. His debut novel, The Fishermen (2015) was a finalist for the Man Booker prize 2015 and the Guardian First Book Award. It has been translated into twenty-six languages and is being adapted into a stage play. The novel was the winner of the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Awards for Debut Literary Work, amongst others and was nominated for some twelve other awards. His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Transition, The Guardian, New Statesman, New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, will be published in fall 2018 by Little, Brown and Co.
I recently wrote that “fiction, in its untrammeled position, speaks to no one and yet speaks to all.” It is the canvas by which, for many thousands of years, writers have attempted to design and document what it is to be human. In order to help us better understand how fiction works, we will examine practitioners and apprentices in their process of creating fiction. This means that workshop attendees will read each other’s works, offer feedback, and engage with the authors in a warm atmosphere. The course will also include mini-lectures on various aspects of craft and technique, as well as of the mechanics of fiction.
By July 1, each writer should send in a story or novel excerpt no more than 5,000 words, double-spaced in 12-point font, with standard margins and in .doc or .docx formal. You will be sent your classmates’ writing to print, read in advance, critique with written comments, and bring with you to the workshop for discussion.
Your registration includes all reading materials for this course.
Apply for a scholarship to Chigozie Obioma’s class here.