Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 PM

Professor: Jeff Frawley

This section of Advanced Fiction Writing will focus on crafting alternate universes in literary fiction.  We’ll study how these alternate universes can be utilized in both realist and non-realist fiction, while exploring a range of styles and genres including short stories, revisionist fairy tales, tall tales, trauma narratives, futurist fiction, sci-fi, dystopian fiction, and post-apocalyptic fiction.  Rather than studying genre conventions, we’ll spend time discovering how alternate worlds can be used to explore real life characters, dramas, and issues—oftentimes more effectively than traditional, strictly realist fiction.  Particular attention will be paid to innovative, imaginative world-building, and students will complete several writing activities to craft their own unique fictional worlds.  The semester will culminate in the production of a final portfolio, including a substantial piece of fiction that contains or takes place in a purposeful alternate universe.  Throughout the semester, small group workshops and conferences will be used to provide feedback on drafts and writing exercises.

This course will be both reading and writing intensive, and most meetings will include extensive discussions on readings.  Required texts will include Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild, Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch, and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, plus additional supplementary handouts.

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