Kathleen Hill

BA, Manhattanville College. MA, Columbia University. PhD, University of Wisconsin. She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons, winner of a Nautilus Book Award. Still Waters in Niger nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, named Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune; French translation, Eaux Tranquilles, shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger. Who Occupies This House, named an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times. Short work in Ploughshares Solo Series, DoubleTake, Agni, and others and in Best American Short Stories, Best Spiritual Writing, Pushcart Prize XXV,Pushcart Book of Short Stories. Recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. SLC, 1991-1994, 1997–

Graduate Courses

Writing 2018-2019

Fiction Craft: In Time and Out of It


In this course, we’ll be exploring the ways in which the time line that governs most fiction can open into spaces of timelessness. Whether achieved by means of metaphor or a shift in perspective, through the use of history or myth, a move outside the temporal frame of a work of fiction often yields an expansion of the inner story...opens it to eternity. We’ll be reading fiction by Munro, Baldwin, Trevor, Elizabeth Bishop, Joyce, Kafka, Chekhov, Carver, Edward P. Jones, Proust, Woolf, Duras, and Teju Cole. A couple of stories or a section of a novel will be assigned each week, as well as a craft exercise that relates to the readings. These exercises, for the most part, will be written out of class; I’d be glad to look at them but don’t require they be handed in. At the end of each class, we’ll talk about general questions of craft: beginnings and endings, audience, self-censorship, voice, perseverance, etc. We’ll also make space in the final weeks of the semester for short presentations in which students explore the hidden avenues that led to their art.