Short Fiction Intensive
In this one-week intensive class, we will discuss and practice the various ways that interiority can be made moving and central to our stories and novels-in-progress. We will ask and begin to answer the following questions: How can we represent our characters' interiorities? To what extent can we suggest depth through dialogue, gesture, and description? How can we create a sense both of depth and urgency? How can the thoughts, feelings and motivations of our characters become compelling landscapes in and of themselves? And how can we describe them with sensitivity, sonorousness and intimacy?
In the first half of the course, we will read excerpts from novels and short stories by writers such as Alice Munro, James Baldwin, Elena Ferrante, Virginia Woolf, and Toni Morrison. We will examine the ways feeling and interiority can serve as the central engine of narrative, as well as how to move skillfully between interior and exterior worlds. We will also use these conversations as starting off points to generate new material, to play around with different modes of interiority in our work.
In the second half of the course, we will workshop our works-in-progress with a particular eye to deepening our characters' interior lives. These 10-15 page (double-spaced) excerpts will be due on the 1st Monday of class in order to give all students a chance to read them in advance of the Thursday/Friday workshops.
This course is fit for anyone at the intermediate or advanced levels who feels their work could do with an infusion of depth and complexity, and to anyone who has taken my one-day Interior Landscapes Course and would like to explore this topic in more depth.
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