Myla Goldberg

Undergraduate Discipline

Writing

Graduate Program

MFA Writing Program

BA, Oberlin College. Author of the best-selling novel Bee Season (2000), which was adapted to film and was a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award. Author of the novels Wickett’s Remedy (2005) and The False Friend (2010) and of the essay collection Time’s Magpie (2004) and the children’s book Catching the Moon (2007). Short stories have appeared in Harper’s. 2013 recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant. SLC, 2008-

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Writing

No, Really, Where Do Ideas Come From? A Fiction Workshop/Creative Bootcamp

Open , Seminar—Fall

It’s not a stupid question. We’ll seek to answer it by spending the first third of the semester engaging in writing exercises, thought experiments, intelligence gathering, and craft discussions designed to get your own ideas flowing and to provide seeds for the stories that you'll be writing. The rest of the semester will be devoted to workshopping what you’ve written, with the class coming together to create a constructive community of readers with the kindness, toughness, honesty, and sensitivity that can make a workshop a unique and valuable writing tool. Ambition and risk-taking will be encouraged, as we address a slew of other not-stupid questions such as: What makes a plot strong? Does a character have to be likable? And how much truth goes into fiction? Outside reading will be designed to take you in and out of your comfort zones, running the gamut from realism to fabulism and featuring a multitude of rule makers and rule breakers for you to admire and inspire, love and loathe—sometimes simultaneously.

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Fiction Workshop/Creative Bootcamp: No, Really, Where Do Ideas Come From?

Open , Seminar

It's not a stupid question. We’ll seek to answer it by spending the first third of the semester engaging in writing exercises, thought experiments, intelligence gathering, and craft discussions designed to get your own ideas flowing and provide seeds for the stories that you’ll be writing. The rest of the semester will be devoted to workshopping what you’ve written, with the class coming together to create a constructive community of readers with the kindness, toughness, honesty, and sensitivity that can make a workshop a unique and valuable writing tool. Ambition and risk-taking will be encouraged as we address a slew of other not-stupid questions such as: What makes a plot strong? Does a character have to be likable? How much truth goes into fiction? Outside reading will be designed to take you in and out of your comfort zones, running the gamut from realism to fabulism, and featuring a slew of rule makers and rule breakers for you to admire and inspire, love and loathe—sometimes simultaneously.