One of the central struggles in storytelling is that human beings are, in essence, time travelers. We live in the past of our memories and the future of our hopes. Thus, when we tell stories, we often shuttle around in time. This can be exciting, but often it winds up confusing the reader, and (in my case) the writer. In this seminar, we’ll unravel the mysteries of chronology by examining the work of Meg Wolitzer, Natasha Tretheway, Cheryl Strayed, and others. And help writers figure out how to tell their story in a way that thrills their readers.
Steve Almond is the author of a dozen books, including the New York Times Bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His new novel, All the Secrets of the World, has been optioned for television by 20th Century Fox. He’s the recipient of an NEA grant for 2022 and teaches at Harvard and Wesleyan. His stories and essays have been published in venues ranging from the Best American Short Stories and the Best American Mysteriesto the New York Times Magazine. He lives outside Boston with his wife, his three children, and his anxiety.