Fall 2010
Fully Enrolled

HUMS 619
Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop

Basch,Rachel N.

09/13/2010 - 12/10/2010
Wednesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Olin Library 327B

We will steep ourselves in the craft and the art of fiction. To understand the technical underpinnings of powerful narrative fiction, we will read with a focus on characterization, point of view, voice and plot. Each student will be responsible for leading one in-depth discussion of a short story he/she deems an exquisite example of the form. Weekly writing exercises will be given, designed with technical "thievery" in mind. In the latter part of the term each student will write a short story. The final project will consist of a deep revision of that story. The class will be run as a workshop. Students will be responsible for detailed analyses of each others creative work.

Among the authors we will be reading are: John Cheever, Alice Munro, John Updike, J.D. Salinger, Raymond Carver, E.L. Doctorow, Edward P. Jones, Cynthia Ozick, Gish Jen, Frederick Busch, Philip Roth, Lorrie Moore, Charles D'Ambrosio, Grace Paley, William Trevor, Michael Chabon, Michael Cunningham, Joyce Carol Oates, Joshua Ferris, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students.

This course is not open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, September 17 at 5:00 pm.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS 619

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: 14

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Readings will be distributed via a course packet.

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