/ Graduate Catalogue / Writing / 2014-2015

Studies in Form


Students will explore techniques for generating, revising, and conceptualizing our fiction's deep structure, using ideas drawn from common and uncommon sources. We’ll discuss organizing principles found in organic matter, chance operations, dreams, psychology, narratology, mimesis, music theory, and film studies, among others. I’d like to convey just how many ways we can look at a text and find art in its arrangement. I feel that the more you know about the possibilities of form, the more you can stray from convention in your fiction without losing its cohesion and resonance. This class will touch on some topics that I discuss in workshop but will go much deeper, extending ideas and introducing many new ones.