Thursday, February 10, 2011

Great Opportunity: Spring Creative Writing Course, Fiction Writing Workshop

Hi Folks -

I'm excited to let you know about a new course, Fiction Writing Workshop (ENG276.5672), I'll be teaching in the Spring. If you're interested in creative writing or are looking for a fun elective, have a look, and feel free to pass along to any LaGuardia Students who might be interested.

PLEASE NOTE: The catalogue lists Creative Writing (ENN 198) as a prerequisite for this class. HOWEVER, If you wish to enroll and haven't taken ENN 198, please send me an email at and we may be able to make arrangements.

Thanks, and hope to see you in the Spring.

Fiction Writing Workshop
ENG 276.5672
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM
Distilled moments, chance encounters, the internal thought and the external action, the spoken and the unspoken, the familiar made strange and the strange made familiar: in this class we will explore the boundless possibilities of short fiction. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of forms and techniques, share their work with one another, give and receive constructive feedback, and to take risks throughout the writing and revision process.

We will use a reader containing short fiction (and some creative non-fiction) by a range of writers with diverse backgrounds and styles, including Jorge Luis Borges, Dorothy Allison, Sherman Alexie, Jamaica Kincaid, John Dos Passos, Raymond Carver and Miranda July. We will use these writers as inspiration, as idea-generators and as the jumping off point for a variety of writing projects.

We will undertake writing exercises and games that explore such elements of fiction as character, dialogue, description, plot, time, and place, using techniques and elements including collage, found texts, observation, chance, and collaboration. Throughout we will focus on multiple and overlapping elements of the writing process, with a special emphasis on the various possible approaches to revision.

All students will have the opportunity to have selected work published in a chapbook that will be created by the group. We will also discuss other opportunities for publication.