This class is designed to let students explore fiction writing by trying a wide range of approaches. We’ll spend time each week discussing stories by a range of authors, and writing assignments will be linked to those models. (These exercises are required at first and then become optional.) We’ll look at the elements of fiction—setting, character, time, plot, point of view—and less usual categories. The semester will end by reading a novel. In conference, students will be encouraged to work on longer, more complicated pieces—to grow their own notions of story.