Lincoln Michel

MFA, Columbia University. Author of Upright Beasts (Coffee House Press, 2015) and co-editor of the science flash-fiction anthology Gigantic Worlds (Gigantic Books, 2015) and the noir anthology Tiny Crimes (Catapult, 2018). Former editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and founding editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Tin House, NOON, Oxford American, Buzzfeed, Vice, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere; essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Lit Hub, The Paris Review Daily, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. Recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Columbia University, the Millay Colony, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. SLC, 2018–

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MFA Writing

Speculative Fiction Workshop


There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns. —Octavia Butler

This speculative fiction workshop will be a home for those strange stories that grow outside the manicured gardens of the real. We will interpret “speculative” broadly, welcoming stories of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, weird literature, and anything in between. Student work will be the center of class, but we will also spend time honing our “imaginative literacy”—our understanding of different genre conventions and traditions. We’ll discuss worldbuilding, horror vs. terror, fairy-tale structures, and other concepts to deepen our appreciation and craft. Because genres are, in a sense, large conversations between artists, we will also discuss outside readings from authors such as Ray Bradbury, Kelly Link, Julio Cortazar, Gene Wolfe, Franz Kafka, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ted Chiang, Shirley Jackson, and more (including writers that you love and recommend).