English 290F - Spring, 2016

Creative Writing: Fiction

Class Information

Instructor: Corin, Lucy
Time: M 3:10-6:00
Location: 248 Voorhies

Description

    This is a graduate level fiction writing workshop. My approach privileges intensity and awareness of language textures and narrative shape, and asks each student to make each new work press the boundaries (intellectual, emotional, formal) of previous work. While making an immaculate-feeling piece of art is the ultimate goal, and we will work toward making your stories as beautiful as they can be, I am less interested in you finishing pieces than I am in you challenging yourself artistically. Willingness to revise, however, is essential to this challenge and I believe revising is a skill you can learn if you are willing. You are expected, therefore, to engage in revision at some point during the quarter, not in order to be "done" with a work, but to deepen and push at a work. Consistent, thorough attention to peer fictions both in writing and in discussion is required.

    If you are working on a novel please contact me so we can talk about ways we might workshop it in class.

Grading

    You are graded holistically on the quality of your creative and analytic work, both written and oral.

Texts

    New American Stories, Ed. Ben Marcus