In order to write and to grow as a writer, one must read. There’s no getting around that. For true writers, reading is a pure pleasure; a vital component to nourishing the artistic mind.
But it’s not easy for some people. Assigned reading for classwork or even simple goals (e.g. I’ll read four books a month!) can trigger unpleasant memories of slogging through some classic, yet thoroughly uninteresting book in high school.
This course aims to radically transform your reading process. To increase the number of books you read each year and show you how a writer objectively evaluates what’s on the page. You’ll learn tricks for retention and not getting bored. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to think critically, articulate concept/style and how to integrate a given technique into your own writing.
2-Week Online Writing Class
- To confront myths and misconceptions about reading
- To objectively evaluate excerpts from several different books
- Establishing a reading rotation
- To start a Cumulative Reading Bibliography
WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER
Each week includes two (2) one-hour group Zoom Sessions as well as ongoing online discussion threads.
Week 1: Reading Misconceptions & Reading with an Eye Towards Technique
- I can’t read—I have ADHD.
- I can only read one book at a time.
- What is Hate Reading?
- Critical evaluation of several different famous authors.
- Retention tips.
- The importance of re-reading.
Week 2: Reading Rotation and Keeping a Record
- What’s in your Reading Queue?
- Online resources: Goodreads, The New Yorker Fiction Podcast
- Never Be Caught Without a Book.
- Your Cumulative Reading Bibliography
ABOUT ROBERT MORGAN FISHER
Robert Morgan Fisher won the 2018 Chester Himes Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 John Steinbeck Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Pleiades, Storyscape Journal, Teach. Write., The Wild Word, The Arkansas Review, Red Wheelbarrow, The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, Dime Show Review, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Huffington Post, Psychopomp, The Seattle Review, The Spry Literary Journal, 34th Parallel, The Journal of Microliterature, Spindrift, The Rumpus, Bluerailroad and many other publications. He’s written for TV, radio and film. Robert holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently on the teaching faculty of Antioch University Santa Barbara. Since 2016, Robert has led the UCLA Wordcommandos, an acclaimed twice-weekly writing workshop for veterans with PTSD. He often writes companion songs to his short stories. Both his music and fiction have won many awards. Robert also voices audiobooks. (www.robertmorganfisher.com)
“My enjoyment of personal reading has developed greatly under the tutelage of my writing instructor, Robert Morgan Fisher. Robert has, from the start, urged us to read wherever and whenever we can. And though I’ve been writing a novel and reading books over the years, his encouragement to read voraciously has greatly improved my writing. Robert often suggests specific titles to read, to specific students, and for me his suggestions have been spot on in terms of informing my writing style. I am now reading a much greater variety of styles and by doing so I have achieved a greater freedom to find my own style. This reading variety and the ensuing class discussions have taught me to become more aware of each author’s technique and game plan for telling a story. This is a useful skill to have when writing my own stuff. I appreciate Robert’s guidance. It has made me a better writer and it has expanded my appreciation for reading.”
~Peter Trivelas/The David Lynch Foundation