The curriculum allows the student to develop writing skills, provides an introduction to the possibilities of contemporary literature and offers a perspective on the place of literature among the liberal arts. Criticism by practicing writers and talented peers encourages the student’s growth as both creator and reader of literature.
One manuscript every other week. Reading of other students’ submissions in advance of workshop in which they are to be discussed. Other assigned readings or exercises. 30-70 pages per week.
* Section 4 (Hanna Pylväinen) will have a special focus, Tales in Two Cities: How Place Shapes Story. How is setting best deployed (and described) in fiction? How does shifting setting shift a character or conflict? What kinds of characters and conflicts are prompted by different settings? This Introductory Fiction class will consider these questions via two places: New York City and Princeton itself. Students will read novels based in both locations, and practice site-specific writing through a class trip to New York and an outing on and off-campus. Students will submit two stories during the semester, one from each setting.