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Oct. 31, 2006

Nov. 7 Francine Prose Master Class Focuses On Cheever Short Story

Prominent novelist and essayist Francine Prose, a former faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will lead a free master class, "Close Reading: Reading Like a Writer," at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Schaeffer Library and Archives, the recently opened addition to the Dey House.

Dey House, the headquarters of the Writers' Workshop, is located at 507 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus.

People intending to participate in the master class must read the John Cheever short story "Goodbye, My Brother" in advance. Copies of the story are available at the Writers' Workshop main office in the Dey House. A pdf file of the story can be downloaded at

The master class accompanies the release of Prose's new book, "Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them," in which Prose examines the work of excellent writers to discover why their work has endured and how they construct language, achieve characterization, advance plot and use detail.

Prose will read from the book Nov. 6 on WSUI's "Live from Prairie Lights": for details, see

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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