Kristen Roupenian Master Class Recording

In this master class with Kristen Roupenian, author of the viral short story “Cat Person”, we discussed:

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

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. And with close to 5 million views, it may be one of the most popular pieces of online fiction in the magazine’s history.

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.

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.

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

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Kristen Roupenian Master Class Recording

00:00 / 1:30h
5 April 2019

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