This class will focus on the craft and context of fiction. Students will be introduced to a variety of fiction writers and four genres: Gothic, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, and Realism. They will learn the characteristics of these genres and how they are situated historically and contemporarily. Students will also practice these forms themselves. Each student will write three stories: a flash fiction piece, and two stories from the above genres. They will practice peer critiques and undertake major revisions.