English Cmaf. Introduction to Fiction Writing: Workshop

Instructor: Molly Antopol
Section 001: Monday, 3:00-5:45pm | Location: Lamont Library 401
Section 002: Tuesday, 12-2:45pm | Location: Barker 316
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​​​​​​​Enrollment: Limited to 12 students

This course will introduce you to the fundamental elements of fiction writing. We will read a variety of work, including pieces by Alice Munro, Edward P. Jones, Joy Williams, James Baldwin, Bohumil Hrabal, Deborah Eisenberg, Yiyun Li and Ben Okri, using each text as a template for examining such aspects in fiction as tension, dialogue, point of view, arc and character. Through class discussions and a series of writing exercises, we will also pay close attention to the ways in which conventions of craft are applied and understood—and sometimes re-interpreted or subverted. As the semester progresses, the focus of the class will shift to your own work, which we will critique and discuss as a group in a workshop setting, with an eye toward drawing connections between craft principles and your own writing practice. You will later significantly revise your piece. 

Supplemental Application Information: Please submit a 3-5 page sample of your own writing, along with an introductory letter, letting me know why you’re interested in taking the course and what you hope to get out of it. Also, please share a few of the novels or story collections that mean the most to you (or the ones you resist but still can’t shake) – and tell me why you chose these books. 

Apply via Submittable (deadline: Saturday, January 15 at 11:59pm ET)