Thursday, March 29, 2007

Michael Hyde reading

On Thursday March 29th FIT Words had a fellow FIT professor from the English department speak to our club. Our club met at Binsky's II on the 6th floor in the A building.

Michael Hyde read one of his short stories from his short story collection "What Are You Afraid Of?" to get a sense of what a short story is composed of. Afterwards we asked questions pertaining to writing and then did a writing exercise on how to compose a fictionalized character. This helped us because the short story Michael Hyde read to us was from the narrative of a young girl which is a fictionalized character with certain traits to explore within the short story the character is part of.

The exercise got our minds working on as to compose a fictionalized character. We also brainstormed as a group on each others characters. Our characters we even further developed by thinking in a psychological sense.

We were given a picture each at the end for us to use in any way we wanted alongside our new fictionalized character.

Bio:Michael Hyde’s debut short story collection What Are You Afraid Of? won the 2005 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University, where he was a Teaching and Writing Fellow. His stories have appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories, Bloom, Ontario Review, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in fiction from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a Fundaci√≥n Valpara√≠so artist grant, he currently lives in New York City. Access his website at

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