This class is for students who are working on either short stories or longer fiction. We’ll talk a good deal about shape and structure and creating narrative tension. Workshops will ask what a story wants to mean and how it goes about conveying this. I’m always interested in what—-in a writer’s deepest sense of how life works—determines choices about economy or multiplicity in plots or handling point of view. Most of the class time will be spent discussing student work, but we’ll also do some outside reading.