Nelly Reifler

BA, Hampshire College. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Author of a short-story collection, See Through, and novel, Elect H. Mouse State Judge; fiction in magazines and journals, including Story, Tweed's, Bomb, McSweeney’s, Nerve, Black Book, The Milan Review, and Lucky Peach, as well as in the anthologies 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11, Lost Tribe: New Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Found Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, and No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work from Post Road Magazine. Recipient of a Henfield Prize, a UAS Explorations Prize, and a Rotunda Gallery Emerging Curator grant for work with fiction and art. Writer-in-residence, Western Michigan University, 2014; editor at Post Road, 2010-present. SLC, 2002–

Current graduate courses

Fiction Workshop


The most delicate choices a writer makes significantly affect a story or novel. In this workshop, we'll take a closeup look at your fiction: we'll focus on precision of language, explore the mysteries and mechanics of point of view, and talk about building a stable world with words. We'll treat our stories as laboratories of the imagination that accommodate daring and complex experiments.

Empathy is a prerequisite for discussing each other's work effectively. In workshop discussions we'll cultivate articulate critiques that always keep the writers' intentions in mind. Revision will be emphasized; over the course of the semester each student will revise a story or novel excerpt at least twice and will have the option to workshop different drafts. The published works we read for class and conference will be chosen in response to students' writing and will include authors such as Gary Lutz, Denis Johnson, David Bezmozgis, Rivka Galchen, Anton Chekhov, Junot Diaz, Barry Hannah, Octavia Butler, Katherine Anne Porter, David Ohle, Yasunari Kawabata, and Joy Williams.


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