Masterclass with Jack Wang

When: Tue, July 12, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4
Cost: $15 or free for members

What are strategies for holding attention in fiction, whether you’re writing a short story or a novel? When does a story begin and end? How does a writer create tension and manage narrative information in between? And how does a writer keep the reader in “the zone of maximum curiosity”?

Using literary examples and short writing exercises as well as insights from psychology and neuroscience, this session will help writers create more compelling fiction.


Jack Wang, Author

Jack Wang is the author of the story collection We Two Alone (House of Anansi Press, 2020; HarperVia, 2021), longlisted for Canada Reads 2022 and winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers’ Union of Canada for best debut collection in English.

His fiction has appeared in Brick, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Humber Literary Review, and Joyland and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Journey Prize.

In 2014–15, he held the David T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and he is a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts.

His novel-in- progress, The Riveters, received a Research and Creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

He holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and a PhD from Florida State University, and he is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College. Originally from Vancouver, he lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters.