Fiction Workshop: Novel

Open—Spring

There comes a moment when writers believe that because they possess a combination of creativity, talent, and experience they are ready begin writing a more substantial project. This workshop is designed for students who have novels or a collection of short stories in progress. Both class and conference time will be dedicated to this pursuit. Questions about theme, narrative structure, and plot complication will dominate class conversation. We will also read and discuss several novels—Faulkner, Rushdie, and Roth, to name a few—for guidance and inspiration. While students are encouraged to enter class with works in progress, it is not a requirement for the seminar. Yet students must have a clear idea about the novels or collection of short stories they wish to pursue over the course of the semester.