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A List of Upcoming Classes

 

April 5, 2022 – L303 The Great Gatsby

Course Description: Students read F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsbyparticipate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.

Course Length: 4 weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 4

Required Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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April 7, 2022 – MFA207 Setting and Character

Course Description: There’s a distinction that’s often made in discussions of place – that is, the difference between interior and exterior setting.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

April 11, 2022 – MFA751 Writing Literary Fiction – Part Two

Course Description: This is the second in the three-part Writing Literary Fiction series based on Alice LaPlante’s book The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing. You must have taken Part 1 to take this course.

Course Length: 8 weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 5

Required Text: The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Allice LaPlante

 

 

April 18, 2022 – MFA703 Maps of the Imagination

Course Description: Writing is often discussed as two separate acts – though in practice they overlap. They differ in emphasis but are by no means merely sequential. If we do well, both result in discovery. One is the act of exploration: some combination of premeditated searching and undisciplined, perhaps only partly conscious rambling. This includes scribbling notes, considering potential scenes, lines or images, inventing characters, even writing drafts. History tells us that exploration is assertive action in the face of uncertain assumptions, often involving false starts, missteps, and surprises. If we persist, we discover our story within the world of that story. The other act of writing we might call presentation. Applying knowledge, skill, and talent, we create a document meant to communicate and to have an effect on others. The purpose of a story or poem is not to record our experience but to lead the reader on a journey. At some point we turn from the role of Explorer to take on that of Guide.

Course Length: 8 weeks

Required Text: Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer

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April 19, 2022 – L200 Proust & Flaubert – Short Works

Course Description: Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions. Students have the choice of writing a review, an analysis of a specific element of fiction or a biography of the author. Selected works from the class will be included in our library for the benefit of future students.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 4

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 April 21 – MFA208 Difficult Characters

Course Description: We must feel sympathy for a character, and here the word "sympathy" is not merely a synonym for "like," but more in terms of "understanding." If we as writers understand our characters, even the unlikable ones, if we understand their motivations, and convey this understanding to the reader, then perhaps we will come to understand something more about the mysteries of human behavior and aspiration, not the givens we already grasp, not the people and borders we know well.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

April 21 – MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies

Course Description: Give your writing the strength to pull readers along by getting to the point and not wasting their time. Transport them to scenes using the personality and appropriate tone for the subject. Make your words dance with clear, well written sentences readers won’t have to read twice. MFA403 is a combination course and 2-week workshop. Students work toward a completed story, article or blog post. Though the course is primarily for nonfiction writers and journalists, writers will find the strategies useful for any form. MFA403 will help you get down to the business of professional writing.

Course Length: 8 weeks

Required Text: A Writer’s Coach: An Editor’s Guide to Words That Work by Jack Hart

 

 

April 26, 2022 – L312 Julio Cortazar Shorts

Course Description: Students read selected works and write a 500+ word response essay (open topic).

Course Length: 1 week

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April 28, 2022 –  MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure

Course Description: MFA053 is the fourth in a series of flash nonfiction workshops (works under 2,000 words). Each of the series will use The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. Courses in the series may be taken in any sequence, though reading the text's Introduction is recommended for those who haven't taken MFA50 yet.

Course Length: 7 weeks

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers

 

 

May 3, 2022 – L315 Midnight’s Children – Rushdie

Course Description: Students read Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.

Course Length: 8 weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 4

Required Text: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

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May 5, 2022 – MFA209 – Point of View Basics

Course Description: Point of view is one of the most basic elements in the craft of fiction. Through this medium, storytellers see, hear, feel, smell, taste, and from particular consciousnesses as well as from specific spatial and temporal perspectives. Since most contemporary fiction involves a growth of perception among characters and readers, the selection of viewpoint is crucial. Who is telling what story? Through this point of view the narrator shapes content.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

May 12, 2022 – MFA151 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice

Course Description: Flash Fiction Workshop - Point of View and Voice.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

 

 

May 19, 2022 – MFA210 The Art of the First Person

Course Description: First person seduces. It mimics the insistent voice of the self-dramatized, the cathartic unstaged soliloquy of private diaries and journals, unintended for public consumption. But if we follow it into fiction, it becomes the voice of someone less familiar, even unknown, appearing with intimate urgency.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

 

 

May 24, 2022 – L210 Daisy Miller – Henry James

Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions, and have the choice of writing a review, an analysis of a specific element of fiction or a biography of the author.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Difficulty (1-5): 3

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May 26, 2022 – MFA155 Flash Fiction – One Page Fictions

Course Description: Flash Fiction Workshop - One-Page Fictions

Course Length: 2 weeks

Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

 

 

June 2, 2022 – The Art of the Third Person

Course Description: Third person is an enormously flexible point of view.

Course Length: 2 weeks

Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs