SOLD OUT! The Craft of Fiction

March 17, 2014 to April 28, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Instructor: David A. Salomon Member:140.00 | Non-Member:156.00 | Materials Fee: 15.00 Enrollment Max: 12

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL TO REGISTER. This is a course in the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing, composed of roughly equal parts reading and writing. For each class meeting, we’ll read three stories or novel chapters that have been selected for their prominent use of such basics as voice, structure, tone, point of view, and character development, among others. Our reading will be wide and diverse, ranging from such stalwarts as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to contemporaries like Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, and Lydia Davis. Although any good story or chapter involves any number of different elements, each class will emphasize one particular aspect of the writer’s craft and how the author in question has made it work – Joyce’s “Araby,” for example, as an illustration of character development, as opposed to Raymond Carver’s “So Much Water So Close to Home” for the use of strong, insightful, and illustrative dialogue.
During the week after each discussion, students will be asked to write passages of their own that employ, to the most powerful extent possible, the element of craft about which we’ve talked. Following the discussion on character development, for instance, students will write a character sketch, two to three pages long; after the discussion of voice they’ll write a piece of similar length in which they explore the power of a rich, cadenced, original voice. Students will arrive at class meetings with copies of their pieces to distribute to the other members. We’ll spend the first half of each meeting reading the pieces aloud, and talking about what works, what could be made stronger, and why. Then, during the second half of the session, we’ll move on to the reading, and our next aspect of craft. Studio fee covers required text, John Gardner’s, The Art of Fiction. NO CLASS 4/14.