fiction workshop
The primary activity in this class will be the reading and discussion of student work, in a workshop format.  The workshop will be “craft-driven,” which means we will try to regard each other’s work with writerly eyes, looking at the “how” as rigorously as the “what.”  In order to keep the workshop from becoming too hermetic, we will also examine several recently published innovative novels and story collections, again with strong attention to craft and form.  I will emphasize technique and knowledge of form in this class partly because it is difficult to be original without them—to play with form you need to know it, to recognize its possibilities.
There are many ways to tell a story and it is my hope we will explore some of the more interesting ones this next semester.