Fall 2004

HUMS 619
Jealous Reader/Apprentice Writer: A Fiction Workshop

Basch,Rachel N.

09/13/2004 - 12/18/2004
Wednesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 104

T.S. Eliot said "bad poets imitate; good poets steal." This course is designed for those making early forays into fiction writing. The emphasis will be on reading as a writer, in order to write for readers. Throughout the term, we will examine a variety of short fiction with an eye toward craft. How was the story made? What elements of craft--voice, point of view, character, dialogue, tone--combine to make the art resonant, brilliant, enduring?

Among the authors we will be jealously reading are: Alice Munro, John Updike, Adam Haslett, Amy Bloom,

Raymond Carver, Edward P. Jones, Cynthia Ozick, Gish Jen, Philip Roth, Lorrie Moore, Charles D'Ambrosio, Grace Paley, and William Trevor.

Brief weekly writing assignments will be given, designed with technical "thievery" in mind. In the latter weeks of the course, each student will write and complete a short story. The class will be run as a workshop, meaning that students will be responsible for careful and detailed analyses of each other's creative work.

Rachel Basch (B.A. Wesleyan University; M.A. New York University) is the author of two novels. The Passion of Reverend Nash (W.W. Norton) was named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor. Degrees of Love (W.W. Norton, Harper Paperbacks) was translated into Dutch and German and was a selection of The Hartford Courant's Book Club. Basch's non-fiction has appeared in Parenting and on The Huffington Post, and she has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World. Basch was a 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She recently received the William Van Wert fiction prize for an excerpt from her new novel, The Listener. She currently teaches in Fairfield University's MFA program.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 15

Texts to purchase for this course:
Janet Burroway, WRITING FICTION: A GUIDE TO NARRATIVE CRAFT (Longman Publishing Group), Paperback

PLEASE NOTE: A course packet will be available for purhcase at Broad Street Books.


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