Joyce Carol Oates Teaches the Art of the Short Story | Official Trailer | MasterClass


The most powerful
writing often comes from confronting taboos. [MUSIC PLAYING] All those subjects relate to
many people who have no outlet. As a writer, if one can face
the darkest elements in oneself and the things that
are secret, you have such a feeling of power. In this class,
you’re going to be exploring your own
imagination deep within you. And we’re going to begin
with shorter forms, because short stories, short
monologues, poetry, things that you can finish
and show other people– that’s very satisfying and
necessary for a writer. What we all need
is the satisfaction of this little uplift that
we get psychologically from finishing something. There are two ways of
looking at writing. One way is that you’re telling
a story very transparently. The other is that you’re
telling a story with language, and– and language
is the point. How fast do you want
your story to read? If it reads too fast, then
it might be superficial. A person reads it in
five minutes, it’s all over. So we’re also going to be
exploring a writing workshop. Writers are like cooks that– they keep everything
in the refrigerator and put it all
in the casserole. Like, what doesn’t go
in for dinner tonight, well, it’s going to
show up next Sunday. So your story has a few
too many bits in it. I’ve always felt that
art is the highest expression of the human spirit. Art is the way that we
communicate with one another. So if anyone who’s
listening to me feels that he or she is a
writer, you probably are. Everybody has at least
one story to tell. Writing should be pleasurable. It should be fun. It should be exploratory. You should be writing about
things that surprise you. I think that is the instinct
for all kinds of art. All you need to do, really,
is to take that instinct and transform it into a craft. I’m Joyce Carol Oates, and
this is my MasterClass.

17 thoughts on “Joyce Carol Oates Teaches the Art of the Short Story | Official Trailer | MasterClass”

  1. These masterclasses are full of deluded celebrities who attribute nothing to luck. There are countless talented, hard working artists in the world who will never be successful because they never got a break, and they don't need to hear about how to write a second draft! Step one: Have an insane amount of luck. That is more important than talent or hard work in this awful planet we live on.

  2. She said something about how interruptions are a great…downfall???? to writing! It was on an add but i couldn't rewind it to find the quote ๐Ÿ™ I also can't find it anywhere else but i swear she said that

  3. ุงู„ูŠ ุฌุงูŠ ู…ู† ุงุจูˆ ุงุณู…ุงุนูŠู„๐Ÿ˜‚ู„ุงูŠูƒ๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. These instructors are egotistical morons who are implying that they have worked harder, are more talented, have catchier ideas etc. than the millions of artists who will never be financially successful due to simple bad luck. They are spitting on unsuccessful great artists around the world with every piece of advice. Sorry Masterclasses, but your audience is naive, hopeful, easily-influenced fools and not realistic, intelligent people.

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