SOLD OUT ONLINE CLASS: Reading, Writing, Swimming in a Pond in the Rain (2208)

Three Mondays: March 21, 28, April 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

$125.00 Per Person (10% off for members)
In his latest book, A Swim in the Pond in the Rain, George Saunders lets us into his classroom as he reads iconic 19th Century Russian short stories and uses them to figure out how fiction works. Let’s dive in and float awhile in his quirky sensibility. The author of the best-seller Lincoln in the Bardo and many award-winning collections of short stories, Saunders teaches in the renowned MFA program at Syracuse University. Over many years working with new fiction writers he’s used stories of Chekhov, Tolstoy and others to explore the art of fiction and has come up with some related writing exercises.  While the focus of our sessions will be on the reading, we will also try out some of these exercises and, if desired, share them with the class.

This is a class for all levels.  It’s for anyone curious about Chekhov, Tolstoy, Saunders, and how fictional narratives operate.

Three Mondays: March 21, 28, April 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

Class one:  “In the Cart” — p. 9-62 and “The Darling” p. 119-164

Class two:  “Man and Master”. p. 165-247

Class three: “Gooseberries” and “Alyosha the Pot" p. 311-383


Required Reading:

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain by George Saunders (9781984856029)

Helen Hooper, a fiction writer, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She has published stories in American Short FictionThe CommonThe Hopkins ReviewBellevue Literary Review and elsewhere. She was MacDowell Colony fellow, a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor fellow and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a BA from Johns Hopkins. She has taught literature and creative writing at Stanford and other universities and at the middle and high school levels. She is now writing a novel.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life By George Saunders Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984856029
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021