ClassExperimenting with Genre
Genre fiction accounts for some of the most exciting and popular work in modern culture. Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Carrie, and The Lord of the Rings were all adapted from genre fiction. However, writers often feel constrained by genre conventions or the stigma that genre writing is not "literary".
In this class, we will explore how different genres enable certain types of storytelling and creative techniques. Students will construct a short story, and then rewrite the story into different genres: speculative fiction, romance, detective, and historical fiction. We will explore the craft techniques each genre promotes and incorporate what works into our own fiction. We will read authors including George Saunders, Aimee Bender, Stephen King, Carmen Maria Machado, Octavia Butler, and others.
This class is designed for advanced writers who want to publish their own original work in adult fiction. Writers with stories or novels already in draft will benefit the most from this class. You'll need to bring your work to class and be prepared to respectfully critique the work of others. We will also examine the writing of well-known authors to discover techniques we can apply to our own work.
No class 11/28.