Dr. Clark Blaise

Workshop Title: The North American Style in Short Story Writing

(This is purely descriptive, not proscriptive).  Every culture has its own imperatives, its "sense of self" and ways of creating believable characters, incorporating drama, conflict, interiority, guilt, pride, the use of the past  What constitute "resolution" in the American story?  What is the role of society, religion, politics, history?  What about humor or satire?  Who is the imagined audience—does the writer serve the audience or him/herself?