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FICT 80 — Interior Landscapes: Creating Depth in Fiction

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 29—Dec 8
Time: 5:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 1
Units: 3
Tuition: $720
Instructor(s): Sara Freeman
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Sep 29—Dec 8
10 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 1
3 Units
Sara Freeman
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
One abiding contribution of both the novel and short story is their depiction of interiority, their attempt at representing human consciousness on the page. In this course, we will discuss ways that interiority can be made moving and central to our stories and novels.

How can we represent our characters' interiorities? And in so doing, how do we create a sense of both depth and urgency? How can we suggest this depth through dialogue, gesture, and description? And how can the thoughts, feelings and motivations of our characters become compelling landscapes in and of themselves?

We will read short stories and novel excerpts by Alice Munro, Elena Ferrante, Toni Morrison, and Garth Greenwell, among others. In the first weeks of the course, through readings and writing exercises, we will explore the ways interiority can serve as the central engine of narrative, as well as how to move skillfully between exterior and interior worlds, “showing” and “telling.” In subsequent weeks, we will put these ideas into further practice, and you will submit 10 to 12 pages of your writing (short story or novel excerpt) for class-wide discussion. In workshop, we will use interiority and depth as a lens to provide feedback that gets at the beating hearts and vivid minds of our characters.

Writing Instructor

Sara Freeman received an MFA in fiction from Columbia, where she was the 2013 winner of the Henfield Prize. She has taught writing at Columbia, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Emerson College, and GrubStreet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sewanee Review, Granta, Maisonneuve, Joyland, and Literary Hub among others. Her debut novel, Tides, was published in early 2022.