Addendum To “The Fisherman’s Wife”

So, I posted a short story free a few weeks ago, and one of my critique partners, who teaches creative writing, asked me if he could use it in one of his classes (as an example of what to do, of course, not what not to do). Of course I told him, well, technically he doesn’t need my permission. But he said he was just being polite, and then I remembered he was British, and being Canadian myself, I get that.

So around the end of november, my story “The Fisherman’s Wife” was part of the curriculum at the Lakes School of Writing, across the pond. Which, I’m pretty proud of.

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2 responses to “Addendum To “The Fisherman’s Wife”

  1. As the polite Brit mentioned above I can report that we read and discussed ‘The Fisherman’s Wife’, especially in connection with the tradition in storytelling of holding back the twist to a story until near the end, and exploring how a reader can pick up the cues in a narrative as to what is going on.

    Also Lindsay’s story was a great example of using sensory imagery – touch, sight, hearing as a way of making story compelling for the reader – ‘showing not telling’.

    The story was well received, some of the students ‘got’ the story earlier than others (if you are wondering what i mean by this I suggest you read it!) and it made a good counterpoint in the session to another short story: ‘Mr Parker’ by Laurie Colwin which we also explored, which is available to listen to via the New Yorker Fiction podcast.

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    • I’m glad they liked it 🙂 I always aim for laying enough breadcrumbs that a really attentive reader should be able to figure out what’s going on, but not make it so obvious that everyone figures it out. The result, if I’m successful, is that the people who don’t figure it out get to be surprised, and often realize they *should* have figured it out, and the people who figure it out get to feel clever for catching on. The danger is in going too far one way or the other, and ending up with the end coming out of left field and the audience feeling cheated, or the end being painfully obvious and potentially unsatisfying.

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