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Fiction Workshop


The focus of most of our discussions this semester will stem from the students’ own work. Whose story is it? Is it the narrator’s story? Or is it another character who has the focus of your attention? What is your particular intention for tone? How is the voice working in counterpoint with the subject matter? How is the story structured in time? What are you beginning to recognize as the most mysterious and promising material of the story? Which details seem spooky and informative of a larger revelation? What actions, events, memories are beginning to form a pattern in the story, and how can these patterns be recognized and better developed? The questions, conceptions, and issues that arise in the workshop are as rich and varied as the enterprise of fiction. We will investigate the craft of fiction through readings and discussion, exercises, and close discussions of your writing in biweekly individual conferences.