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This is Ryan Krull

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The best thing about running a community writing workshop program like St. Louis Writers Workshop is getting to meet and know the most interesting people, both our students and our instructors. Over the years, I’ve had more than one local writer tell me that the nicest writer in the STL area is Ryan Krull, so I was pretty thrilled to snag him as an instructor for our fiction workshop this summer. If you’ve been on the fence about grabbing one of the last seats in his Fiction Workshop: All Genres Welcome, I hope this short interview will inspire you to go ahead and take the leap.

When did you start writing? What genre do you write? I started writing seriously when I was 22. I was in my penultimate semester of undergrad, with no plans or passions to speak of, when I took a creative writing class. I write both fiction and nonfiction.

What surprises you about writing? What’s the hardest part? Oh boy. That’s too big to answer. Let me answer a slightly different question instead. What surprises you most about writers? What surprises me most about writers is how nice they are. I’ve met with and talked to a lot of writers over the past few years and I could count on one hand the number of not-so-great experiences.

What work are you most proud of and why? I’m really happy with my essay/profile about the short story writer/novelist Richard Burgin. He’s had a fascinating career and I hope I turned a person or two onto his work with that piece. I’m also really happy with my story, “True Believer,” in the upcoming issue of december magazine. I like the story, sure, but december is such a sharp publication—sharp in terms of both aesthetics and smarts.

What are you working on now? A collection of short stories in which most of the characters are writers or artists. Each story has a lot of description of visual art and literature; there are also a lot of jokes, I promise. A lot of jokes.

If you could give only one piece of advice to new writers, what would it be? When I find myself thinking my work is no good, at least that means I know the difference between good and not good. That is not nothing. It’s more than a lot of people can say.