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FICT 72 — Fiction Writing: From Imitation to Inspiration

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jun 21—Aug 16
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 23
Units: 2
Tuition: $595
Instructor(s): Angela Pneuman
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on July 26
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Jun 21—Aug 16
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 23
2 Units
Angela Pneuman
Please Note: No class on July 26
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
According to Oscar Wilde (and a few others since him), “Good writers borrow, great writers steal.” In this spirit, developing writers should be encouraged to study and try out the approaches of authors they admire in order to add to the “toolbox” of their craft. When we experiment with another author’s style, we end up with an interesting marriage of their influence and our own sensibility, and this expands the way we think about approaching our own fiction projects. Each week, we will look carefully at several samples from one published fiction writer—Jesmyn Ward, Stuart Dybek, Lorrie Moore, Tommy Orange, and others—to identify key elements of their style, including how they establish character, get the plot moving, use language, humor, and dramatic tension, and more. Weekly creative exercises will give students a chance to try out the style of each author up for discussion. The course will also include an opportunity to submit a longer selection of fiction—either a short story or part of a novel—for peer and instructor feedback during the workshop. This course is suitable for any fiction writer eager to examine the styles of well-known authors with an eye to enhancing their own work.

Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; MFA Instructor, Sarah Lawrence College; Executive Director, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Glimmer Train, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, and she is a contributor to Salon, The Believer, and The Rumpus. She received a PhD in English from SUNY Albany.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.