Theory & Practice of Fiction with Nickolas Butler

June 22-25

                                                                                                          Credit: Jeff Rogers

                                                                                                          Credit: Jeff Rogers

Join award-winning author Nickolas Butler (The Hearts of MenShotgun Lovesongs, etc.) for three days dedicated to improving your fiction.   This workshop will focus on several elements of fiction writing, including narrative arc, dialogue, and creating a genuine sense of empathy for fictional characters.  In addition to leading workshops, Nick will be available to provide one-on-one consultations on each participant's story.

Special features of this week include:

  • Guest visit from Eric Rasmussen, editor of the newly created literary magazine, Barstow & Grand
  • Q&A on Nick's newly released book, The Hearts of Men
  • A  free and open reading for the public

Writer-in-Residence Biography: 

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 already 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.  

Click here to give Nick's work a read, and here to give it a listen.

Residency Cost: 280.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals/drinks)

Residency Cost and Dual Occupancy On-Site Lodging (shared bath): 430.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals/drinks)

Application Fee: 12.00

Writing Sample Length: 10 double-spaced pages (maximum)

Deadline: May 1