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FICT 85 — Writing Culturally Diverse Fiction

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 23—Mar 6
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 25
Unit: 1
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Nicole Caplain Kelly
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 20
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Jan 23—Mar 6
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 25
1 Unit
Nicole Caplain Kelly
Please Note: No class on February 20
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
How do we create culturally diverse fiction without falling into familiar, outmoded themes, and credibly bring to life characters different from ourselves? In this course, we will discuss a wide range of work, from canonical texts by James Baldwin, Tobias Wolff, and Toni Morrison to new and innovative voices such as Ling Ma, Sam Allingham, and Raven Leilani, exploring how differences of culture, race, gender, and sexuality deepen and complicate stories.

By expanding the aperture of what can be observed—the subtle play of social differences in our everyday interactions—we also widen the scope of what can happen in fiction. In each class, we will engage in story-generating exercises considering the social complexities of the world today, with a view to widening our range of observations. Students will submit a short story or novel excerpt of up to 2,000 words for discussion and review in class as we work together to identify and explore the singular challenges of power and difference, self and other.

Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Nicole Caplain Kelly received an MFA in writing from Columbia University, where she was nominated for the Henfield Prize. She is the recipient of the Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting. Kelly made her start at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where she came under the mentorship of Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Crouch, and Albert Murray.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt (ISBN 978-0486800295)
(Required) Raven Leilani, Luster (ISBN 978-1250798671)