What are the downsides to the way we tell stories?

Do we need to re-imagine the craft of writing and the way it’s taught? Matthew Salesses--English professor and bestselling author of The Hundred-Year Flood and The PEN/Faulkner finalist, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear--takes on these questions in his new national bestseller, Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping. Matthew discusses with Eve and Julie how the format of traditional writing workshops was defined by straight, white, able, cis men; how greater diversity in workshops today necessitates a more mindful and empowered approach to the teaching of writing; and how we, as readers and writers, can break free of the oppressive cycles of privileged assumptions and expectations.

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“The use of surrealism to interrogate the erasure of Asian American bodies and the trauma of being disappeared by whiteness is heightened by angled takes on recent history…Salesses’s tale on the nature of existence triumphs with literary trickery.” Publishers Weekly

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Matthew Salesses

Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping, by Matthew Salesses

The Hundred-Year Flood, by Matthew Salesses

Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, by Matthew Salesses

I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying, by Matthew Salesses

Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity, by Matthew Salesses

The Last Repatriate, by Matthew Salesses

The Art of the Novel, by Milan Kundera

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Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Independent Self, by Gish Jen

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America Is in the Heart, by Carlos Bulosan

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