Classy Talk with Ross McMeekin

Posted Wed, 6/12/2013 - 6:52pm by  |  Category:

Find out a little bit more about Ross McMeekin, the teacher behind Hugo House’s new summer class, Flash-Fiction Flyover.

What is the title of your class?
Flash-Fiction Flyover

People should take this class because?
The world of Flash Fiction tends to be very welcoming to new writers and experimental writing, and, as such, can be both exciting and overwhelming. I hope this class will both introduce writers to some new styles and techniques as well as give them the confidence to begin writing and submitting their own works for publication.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
You can follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook or check in on my blog.

Are any of your works online and available to the public? (If no, we’ll remove this question from your survey)
Sure! You can read all of my online published material by visiting the publications page of my blog.

What are you reading right now?
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

What excites you about the material you’re teaching?
The way in which compressed fiction can show so much with so little. By putting pressure on every word to do so much work, many interesting layers of meaning are revealed through the language that might remain hidden in longer pieces.

What do you like best about teaching at Hugo House?
That’s easy: the students. Always sharp, motivated, and excited to try new things.

What books made you want to write?
Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, and Pinckney Benedict’s Town Smokes.

If there was one piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer, what would it be?
I would say to read deep and wide and often.

Is there a book, poem, essay, etc. by another author that you wish you had written yourself? Why?
James Joyce’s Dubliners, because so much of what we conceive of as the contemporary short story found its form with that collection.

If you could have coffee with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Anton Chekhov.

What’s your favorite book? If you could pair it with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, what would you choose?
I’d have to say Raymond Carver’s collected stories, Where I’m Calling From. Even though I return to them over and over again, his stories always feel fresh. I’d have to pair it with Teacher’s whiskey, in honor of the drink Duane and Holly share in the short story “Gazebo.”