Christopher is teaching writing (for writers of both fiction and poetry) again this fall at The Writers Studio in the West Village, NYC. Register to join before the first class night, Wednesday Oct 4! The link to learn more and register is https://www.writerstudio.com/course/nyc-level-1-shade-fall-2017/
Christopher’s class is the Level 1 introduction to the Writers Studio method. From the website: “All students new to The Writers Studio NYC start with Level I. Since we approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I. Our short weekly exercises are designed to stimulate students’ imaginations while also teaching a lot of nuts-and-bolts narrative strategies. Students learn that a narrative voice is born out of conscious creation and is not merely the voice we use when speaking or keeping a journal. We encourage students to turn autobiographical fragments into publishable work by using different narrative personas to tell their story in fiction and poetry.”
Christopher’s story collection, What We Leave Behind Follows, receives an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.
The manuscript collected 17 stories — many of the published and award-winning stories that have been announced on this site as well as a few new stories.
Christopher’s stories and book reviews appear frequently. A short story named “Postcard” is to appear in the next issue of Gravel.
Pushcart award update: Two stories were nominated for this year’s Pushcart award.
Christopher’s latest novel, set in Marseille, France, is in agent circulation. Along with a previous novel set in Europe, and a short story collection.
As stories are published, and any other updates about Christopher’s writing become available, they’ll be announced here.
Christopher’s story “Messages from a Storm” wins the 2016 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition. His story appears in Quarterly West, and he participated in the 2016 W@W June conference in Utah as this year’s Fiction Fellow. The other 2016 winners are Samatha Deal (Creative Non-Fiction), and Jennifer Sperry Steinorth (Poetry).
“Messages from a Storm” is about an airplane mechanic in Mobile, AL, and his life and events surrounding a lightweight aircraft crash during a hurricane-like storm. The story is available online at Quarterly West, here.
Also see Christopher’s interview on the Writers @ Work website.
The author Peter Ho Davies was the fiction judge of this year’s fellowship competition. He is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl (2007) and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World (1997) and Equal Love (2000). He wrote this about Christopher’s story:
“Messages from a Storm” is written in a crisp, laconic prose well suited to its steely, feeling protagonist. There’s a great feel for community and place here, for the distinctive details of work, and most of all for character. The main character is exactingly evoked, but secondary figures are also attended to with care, a hallmark of good fiction. And from these characters, understood with such keen emotional intelligence, plot arises with an affecting inevitability.
Writers @ Work, a nationally-known independent writer’s organization, has successfully promoted and supported a creative writing community – locally, regionally and nationally – for thirty one years. While attending W@W events writers can hone their skills and meet to discuss their work with fellow writers, agents, editors and publishers. Learn more about Writers @ Work.
The story “Postcard” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Very Short Fiction Award.
The story “Messages From a Storm” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Short Story Award for New Writers.
The story “Suicide Doors” was a finalist in Bayou Magazine’s 2015 Knudsen Fiction Contest.
Christopher read new material at the Lyrics, Lit & Liquor reading series on September 1, 2015.
Excited to be reading alongside some of my favorite writers at the Lyrics, Lit & Liquor reading series hosted by Amanda Miller. I will be reading new material, a brief short story.
Join us at HiFi Bar in the East Village on Tuesday, September 1, at 7 PM.
Readings also by Joseph Salvatore, Scott Hess, Sebastian Briglia, Genevieve Betts, and Amanda Miller. Music by Adeline Hotel.
The Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/682460408520421
Christopher X. Shade is a founding member of the H5 multidisciplinary artist collective. H5 is collaborating in a five-phase project, 5 ARTISTS | 5 PHASES. For each art event, Christopher is writing a story and making it available as a free booklet.
Season 1, Migration, June 2011
In “Shir in Holyland”, Shir is the daughter of an Israeli who realized his dream of opening a store in America. She observes, in the store she has inherited, intersections of people and cultures, slices of immigrant experience. It’s a cut-up story inspired by 3 books and Stefan Hengst’s photographs.
Season 2, Green, September 2011
“The Shape of Clouds over Dinner at Ray’s” takes place on a summer evening during which two couples, Ray, who is the narrator, and his girlfriend Serena, and their married friends Peter and Kate, have dinner in Ray’s apartment and talk about things like, Can love be measured by acts as simple as lying together on the grass, discovering shapes in the clouds?
If you missed the event and would like to receive one of these booklets, contact Christopher.
Stay in the loop on upcoming H5 art events by visiting the H5 blog.
Christopher X. Shade’s cut-up story, Shir in Holyland, will be made available as a free, printed booklet during the Season 1: Migration show on Saturday, June 18. This blog post explains his cut-up technique and provides a window for readers into the material sources used. Continue reading
Christopher X. Shade, a New York City-based author, has produced a short story for the Season 1: Migration show. It’s a cut-up story, a technique popularized by William S. Burroughs. The cut-up technique typically involves cutting up pages of established text into fragments, and rearranging the fragments to create or inspire new text. Shade’s story will be made available in booklet form at the free Season 1 show on Saturday, June 18th. Continue reading