Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction: Formal Play

English 4510
Formal Play
Section 1
Phong Nguyen
Arts and Science 103A

This advanced fiction workshop is an opportunity for writers to experiment with form. By examining the formal experiments of writers from the last year, including those of Ted Chiang and Karen Russell, we will derive a sense of how these works expanded the possibilities of fiction; then, students will undertake their own formal experiments that push the boundaries of the possible. There will be four stories due, and each student story will be accompanied by a statement of purpose. The primary text in this class will be the work that student writers produce, and the criteria by which they will be measured is the achievement of each work’s professed statement.