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Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Writing Irresistible Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, photo by Deborah Lopez.
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Humans are storytelling animals. But what is it about a narrative—short story, novel, essay, memoir?—that makes it, well, irresistible to read? In this workshop we will examine different elements—narrative, plot, action, dialogue—as applicable to each form, to help us utilize these techniques to their fullest effect. This advanced workshop will include deep reading and writing exercises and is geared toward people who will bring work to share and be critiqued. The critiquing techniques you learn will also be helpful for soliciting feedback or starting your own critique group back home.


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•     Admission to this workshop will be based upon an application including the following required materials:

1. Short statement describing the project you will bring to the workshop if accepted.

2. Short statement indicating whether you have had previous experience (not required but helpful) in writers’ workshops in the past, including at KWLS.

3. Writing sample of twelve pages or fewer. Please note whether it is complete, an excerpt, a story, or part of a longer work. Send your best work.

•     The cost of the workshop is $550. If you are accepted, a $100 deposit will be required to hold your place within a week of acceptance, with full payment due within 30 days.

• Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 16 until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.

about Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s next novel is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster in 2017. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, The Nation, The Atlantic, Five Chapters, and Salon. She was the first recipient of a creative writing Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea and has won the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship, the Richard Margolis award for social justice reporting, and was a finalist for the United States Artists Fellowship, which honors “innovative, accomplished artists at all stages of their careers.” She was the recipient of a MacColl Johnson artist fellowship, which is one of the largest no-strings-attached fellowships of its kind and was a judge for the National Book Award. She teaches at Columbia University, where she was the Our Word Writer in Residence, and has taught at Brown and Yale Universities. In 2015, she finished her novel as a KWLS writer-in-residence.