This is an intermediate-level short fiction writing, discussion, and workshop course. Individual
classes will consist of discussion of original student work and assigned readings. We will focus
on contemporary authors who have and are influencing the genre, and we will spend a large
part of our class time reading and responding to the work of our peers. The primary focus of the
class will be on short stories, and in our writing we will emphasize both the drafting process and
revision, where the real writing begins. We will examine the various choices and craft elements
that both published writers and you, our student writers, use to achieve their/your goals.
Field WorkCountry: China
Day: 6 - Hong Kong - 11 February
On February 11, 2014, In Hong Kong, we will be exploring writing fiction that invokes a listener; in short, fiction that resembles an intimate letter with both an implied and addressed audience. We will work on crafting a short piece that does two things: (1) uses a narrative of a daylong trip to drive the present action of a story and (2) imbue the story with past experiences that somehow relate to the travel narrative and the person being addressed. The field lab will include a trip to Victoria Peak, which will provide a panoramic view of the city and also a structural destination (or peak, or climax), for the narratives we will write. Academic Objectives:
- Write a “Letter From Hong Kong,” a fiction writing exercise in the form of a dispatch from Hong Kong, structured as a narrative—specifically, a walk that ends at the top of Victoria Peak, where students will have a view of both sides of this culture and the harbor.