“Postcard” in Gravel

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 9.55.59 AMChristopher’s story Postcard is forthcoming in Gravel, a literary magazine produced by the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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Christopher Shade teaching Fall 2017 at The Writers Studio in NYC

TWS-Logo_darkChristopher 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.”

 

“Astronauts” in The Writers Studio at 30

WS+Anthology+CoverChristopher’s story “Astronauts” appears in the anthology The Writers Studio at 30, which is available to order online. This anthology celebrates 30 years of The Writers Studio, featuring fiction and poetry by current and former students and teachers, as well as works by the advisory board and other distinguished writers who have helped build this prestigious independent literary community. The 500-page anthology includes work from nearly 100 authors.

Book Review: Amy Dupcak’s DUST

51n-kphn0dlChristopher’s book review of DUST, a debut collection of short stories from author Amy Dupcak, appears in Issue Eighty-Eight (December 2016) of The Collagist.

The opening of this review of Amy Dupcak’s DUST:

James Hurst’s 1960 short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” is commonly required reading for high school kids (and was adapted into an opera last year in New York City). It’s a remarkable story that opens with a garden…

From Lucid River Press: “A daring debut collection, Dust dives headfirst into the complicated waters of youth. Exploring themes of alienation, longing, self-destruction and ultimately self-awareness, the characters in Dust attempt to find meaning and form connections via sex, art, drugs, apple seeds, a cardboard dreamachine, and an aloe vera plant.”

Recently, three finalist stories

GlimmerTrainThe 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.