The Writer's Studio: Musical Prose

Mon February 13th 2023, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Event Sponsor
Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Stanford Storytelling Project, Creative Writing Program
Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Room 201

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On February 13, please join us for Musical Prose, a Writer's Studio workshop hosted by Francisco González.

Music is perhaps an underrated ally of literary fiction. The presence of relatable music can intensify a scene’s emotional content, clarify the moods of characters, and energize the action; it can also provide valuable cultural or temporal context. In unskilled hands, however, musical content can work against a story in strange ways. We will discuss several excerpts, with the aim of avoiding pitfalls and optimizing our musical prose.

Francisco González’s fiction appears in Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Southern Review, ZYZZYVA, The Best Short Stories 2022: The O. Henry Prize Winners, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Columbia University.