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This class will combine weekly discussions of student work with writing exercises and readings in critical theory and technique. We'll also read fiction from published writers whose work serves a given discussion. I hope to introduce "new" writers to the class—writers who may not have a book out but have published a particularly beautiful story in a literary magazine—alongside the more established canon. Rather than cling to what we "know" in artful, literary fiction, I'm a firm believer in Cynthia Ozick's tenet: "When you write about what you don't know, this means you begin to think about the world at large. You begin to think beyond the home-thoughts. You enter dream and imagination...it's our will to enter the world...." The most grounded realism needs to fill the reader's mind like a dream, an unbroken spell. It needs to leave the reader a complete stranger to its world, even after they've finished with it. I want to get the class thinking about entering the broader world, about writing stories that don't ever leave their readers.