Close Reading Workshop: Fiction and Non-fiction

For writers of fiction or nonfiction! Each week, we will close-read a short story or essay and discuss the craft elements being used (for example: dialogue as story, braided structure, objective correlatives), and then use those elements in our own work. You will either write one longer piece, or several shorter works, your preference.

Special Notes

  • Students will need tools for writing in class, such as laptop/tablet, notebook, pens, etc, as well as internet access to receive assigned reading material outside of class.

    This class will not meet on 1/23, 2/27.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.

About the Instructor

April Sopkin

April Sopkin writes fiction and personal essays. She has been awarded a 2023 Elizabeth George Foundation grant to fund the completion of her short story collection. Her work has appeared in Joyland, Black Telephone Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Carve, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She was a 2019 Tin House Scholar and her work has won the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, the Patricia Aakhus Award, and the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. April’s work has also been supported by fellowships and artist residencies, including the Tin House Summer Workshop, TENT: Creative Writing at the Yiddish Book Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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Close Reading Workshop: Fiction and Non-fiction

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Class Details
January 9 - March 56 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $280.00
Member Tuition: $252.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: April Sopkin
Level: All Levels