The good people at the CityLit Project were crazy enough to let me teach a class at the Patterson Theater in Baltimore this winter. It will be on Thursday nights from 6-8, starting 14 February and running for six weeks. There’s going to be some history talk, some theory talk, some craft talk, and a whole lot of geeking out. You should sign up and tell your friends to sign up. Huge, bloody thanks to Gregg Wilhelm and Christine Stewart for making it happen.
At Creative Alliance: N is for NOIR FICTION. Feb 7 – March 14. Fedoras, femme fatales, bootleg hooch and … text messages? Classic noir fiction has inflicted its indelible images on us, but is it still relevant? You’d be surprised. Through craft-based discussion and short-story critiques, we’ll explore ways to effectively use the tropes established by classic noir and crime fiction; new ways to approach and subvert those conventions; and techniques to create compelling characters you’d follow into the shadows. This class is geared towards newbies or Underwood veterans, novelists or short story writers. All you need is a love for the dark. Nik Korpon—author, editor, teacher, grifter and vagabond—leads the group through the history of noir fiction, from the early pulps to contemporary incarnations. 7-9 pm. Adv. reg $150, $140 mbrs. Walk-in $160, $150 mbrs. http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2013/n-noir-fiction