And Then What? Story Development


Anyone who has tried to write a story knows that it can be easy to come up with an idea but hard to take it far enough. And what’s far? What’s enough? We will look at different ways to push a story further. If plot is the vehicle of meaning, how does a story figure out what it means? We’ll spend time each week discussing stories by a range of authors, and writing assignments will be linked to those models. (These exercises are required at first and then become optional.) In conference, students will be encouraged to work on longer, more complicated pieces in order to grow their own notions of story. This course will be particularly useful for students with some experience in writing fiction, but all are welcome.