This course will provide an introduction to fiction writing by focusing on the skills, process and craft techniques you'll need to write and revise literary fiction. Each week in class we will discuss student work, and published work from authors such as Vladimir Nabokov, Flannery O'Connor, Nikolai Gogol, and George Saunders. We will consider aspects of the craft of writing fiction - character, point of view, physical description, narrative logic - from a writerely perspective. Students will explore the material and styles that most interest them, gain awareness of the demands serious readers will make on their work, and learn to craft clearer, more ambitious, more controlled stories.
If you are interested in taking the course, please submit a two to five-page sample of your best prose fiction to Adrienne Miller, Department of English, Woodside Cottage by December 18th (the sample may be excerpted from a longer piece of writing.) Be sure to label the sample with your name, college year and campus mailing address. You will receive notice whether you've been accepted into the class at the start of the spring semester.
Enrollment is limited to 15 students.