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Craft Seminar: Raising the Stakes in Fiction with Deesha Philyaw | Virtual

July 25, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In this craft seminar, we’ll discuss and practice different ways to raise the stakes in fiction. Through generative writing exercises, attendees will raise stakes for characters from their work-in-progress, or start something new.

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023
6:00pm – 8:30pm EST
On Zoom 


This is an open enrollment webinar, including writing exercises and a moderated Q&A. A password protected recording of the workshop will be made available after the event for participants who cannot attend synchronously.

We have a limited number of scholarships for BIPOC writers and LGBTQ+ writers. For information, please email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with “Raising the Stakes in Fiction” in the subject line.

About the Instructor 
Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.