Kristen Roupenian Master Class Recording

Kristen Roupenian, author of the viral short story “Cat Person”, gave a special master class for our students on 1 April 2019 in Amsterdam. You can listen to a recording of the class below, or it is also available as a podcast from the services below and from and our own feed.

The class focused on several stories from Roupenian’s debut collection You Know You Want This, including “Cat Person”, as well as addressing issues of craft, process and publishing. Some of the specific topics covered in conversation with our director Sarah Carriger included:

  • choosing a narrator,
  • playing with the reader’s expectations,
  • using horror and fantastical elements,
  • learning when to stop revising,
  • becoming a productive procrastinator, and
  • dealing with the negative voice in your head.

Roupenian holds a PhD in English Literature from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Michigan. “Cat Person”, which was published in December 2017, was the second most read story on The New Yorker website that year, after the Harvey Weinstein exposé. With close to 5 million views, it may be the most read piece of fiction in the magazine’s history.

A special thank you to the John Adams Institute and Roupenian’s Dutch publisher Nieuw Amsterdam for helping to make her visit possible.

Copyright © 2019 Kristen Roupenian & International Writers’ Collective

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