Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

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This course will serve as a workshop both for creating our own short fictions as well as a forum for reading and responding to work by established authors.

As a class we will get down to business; we will read and discuss amazing short stories and amazing authors; we will learn how to offer constructive criticism of each other’s work; and we will write, we will write, we will write.

Class meetings will combine analysis of published work with a discussion of how individual writers approach their craft. We will study the conflict, character, plot, and music of prose. The focus of this class will be literary fiction. I define literary fiction as work that is concerned not just with what happened, but why it happened. It is character driven and explores the motivations, desires, drives, and consequences of the complex human experience. It is the stuff of life.

Representative authors: Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Amelia Gray, Makoto Kawabata, Gish Jen, Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Milan Kundera, Mary Gaitskill, James Baldwin, Junot Diaz. Students are expected to create four shorter and one longer piece of fiction, respond to published writers, lead weekly discussions, participate in class response to fellow writers, and to revise their own work in substantive ways.



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