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This primary workshop meets each morning from 10 to 12.

Our workshop in reading and writing fiction will serve, primarily, as a generative course. Students will cultivate bold, new work through writing exercises and free writing. To complement our work, students will look to our assigned texts as mentors in craft. They will practice reading as writers in order to explore the nuances of scene and setting, point of view, character development, plot, and much more. Students will have many opportunities to share their work in a supportive environment.

Raul Palma is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Ithaca College. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Alimentum, Chattahoochee Review, Greensboro Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and Sonora Review. His short fiction was selected by Aimee Bender for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2018. The first chapter of his novel Manteca was distinguished/notable in Best American Short Stories (edited by Junot Diaz), and his short fiction was included in Best Small Fictions 2018 (selected by Aimee bender). His work has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from the CubaOne Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Santa Fe Writer's Conference, Sewanee Writer's Conference, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. In 2018, he was awarded a competitive fellowship through the Tú Cuba program; he traveled to Havana with Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco and other fellows to engage with the Cuban literary scene.