Advanced Fiction Workshop with James Sallis - Spring 2020
Advanced Fiction Workshop with James Sallis - Spring 2020
Advanced Fiction Workshop with James Sallis - Spring 2020
03/02 - 04/20/2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Course Description and Details

Advanced Fiction Workshop with James Sallis


The Piper Writers Studio hosts novelist and fiction writer James Sallis for an eight-week advanced fiction workshop for individuals who are actively working on a fiction project, are looking to publish, or have already published work. During this course, students will receive:

  • close readings of their work from the instructor, 
  • line edits from their work from the instructor,
  • intensive workshopping with other students,
  • focused group discussions on the relevant work and tangents that emerge in class,
  • and readings from work by various writers across the literary spectrum to inspire, guide, and fuel individual’s work and discussions.

Space in this course is extremely limited. Be ready to read, comment, and engage with both the instructor and the rest of the group in this intensive workshop designed to prepare your work for the next steps toward content generation, revision, and publication. 



8 Weeks


Genre Type:

Fiction, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Crime Fiction or Noir


Course Type:



Course Level



Dates and Times:

Mondays, March 2 to April 20, 2020

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Faculty Bio:  

Over the past fifty years, while "mostly wandering about the house," James Sallis has published seventeen novels, multiple collections of short stories, poems and essays, three books of musicology, reams of criticism, a classic biography of Chester Himes, and a translation of Raymond Queneau's novel Saint Glinglin. Onetime editor of the London-based magazine New Worlds, Jim worked for many years as a reviewer for periodicals including the New York Times, L.A. Times, and Washington Post; served for three years as books columnist for the Boston Globe; and maintains a books column at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His novels include Drive, from which the award-winning film derived, the six Lew Griffin novels, and (set in Phoenix) The Killer Is Dying. Sallis has received a lifetime achievement award from Bouchercon, the Hammett Award for literary excellence in crime writing, and the Grand Prix de Littérature policière. His latest novel, Willnot, was published in 2016, his fourth poetry collection, Night’s Pardons, just before.