Spring online classes:
I’ll be teaching my generative craft course, “Story Factory,” for writers of fiction and nonfiction, for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Saturdays, May 6 to June 10, 12-2:30 pm EST via zoom. Info here:
I’ll be teaching my class on Openings for Stories for Writing Workshops. The next one will be July 29, 12 to 5 pm EST via zoom. Here’s a link:
1-Day Online Fiction Master Class: Exploring Strategies for Story Beginnings with Karen E. Bender (Zoom), Saturday, July 29th, 2023
I’m teaching a series for Writing Workshops: Building Interiority for Characters. In each one, we’ll look at a different strategy to create interior worlds for your characters.
The next one will be June 7, 7-9 pm EST:
Building Interiority in Characters Using Fantasies and Theories with Karen E. Bender, a Zoom Seminar on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023
I’ll be teaching one August 9, 7 to 9 pm EST.
Building Interiority in Characters: Writing Memory with Karen E. Bender, a Zoom Seminar on Wednesday, August 9th, 2023
I’ll also be teaching one August 17, 7-9 pm EST.
Building Interiority in Characters with Perceptions: Judgement, Envy and Admiration with Karen E. Bender, a Zoom Seminar on Thursday, August 17th, 2023
Email me at email@example.com for more information these workshops, or if you want information on my writing coaching, private manuscript consults or help with MFA applications.
My novel, “Like Normal People,” was included in Susan Straight’s map of 1,001 novels to read to find the real America. You can see the list here. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-05-28/american-novels-1001-literary-geography-map-states
I spoke with writer Muhammed Sheeraz Dasti about the role of image in writing fiction for the newspaper The News on Sunday in Pakistan. You can read the interview here
My story “The Elevator,” which appeared in Guernica and in my collection The New Order, is included in an anthology, “Love in the Time of Time’s Up,” published by Tortoise Books. You can buy the anthology here.
Read Karen Bender’s 10 Ideas for Revision here.