Before and After

Open—Spring

This class will be run as a traditional workshop, with students exchanging their own stories for discussion and completing weekly reading assignments; but the focus of our reading will be on two works by a particular author, one early and one later. We will explore the development of voice and subject matter as well as the craft of the story, including characterization, plot, point of view, and form. These writers will be our teachers. By reading their work, we hope to come to a clearer understanding of what makes a story live and breathe. More topics will certainly arise as we consider the work of authors such as Tobias Wolff, Junot Diaz, George Saunders, Alice Munro, and Jamaica Kincaid. Students will be expected to attend at least two readings on campus, hand in writing assignments every other week, and complete a set of readings for conference.