Learn to write fiction in a nonintimidating environment with fellow beginners. We’ll cover important aspects of craft, including plot, structure, and characterization, while reading work that epitomizes well crafted story. Writers including Lesley Nneka Arimah, Danielle Evans, Laleh Khadivi, Yiyun Li, Carmen Maria Machado, Helen Oyeyemi, Leslie Marmon Silko, Brandon Taylor, Tara Isabel Zambrano, and Jennie Zhang will be looked at.
We’ll read and write in class, discuss what makes compelling fiction, and go home with writing prompts and exercises to continue our work. Because this is a beginning class, student work will not be workshopped in depth, but time can be made for sharing and discussing work, if desired. By the end of class, students will have an increased skill set in the basics of writing fiction and an understanding of how to approach a blank page with confidence.