Introductory Fiction

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.

Reading/Writing assignments:
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.

Application required.



C01 - Edmund White

Mondays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

C02 - Sigrid Nunez

Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 pm

C03 - Fiona Maazel

Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 pm

C04 - Hanna Pylväinen

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

C05 - A.M. Homes

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

C06 - A.M. Homes

Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:50 am

C07 - Darcey Steinke

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

C08 -Darcey Steinke

Fridays, 9:00 - 10:50 am

C09 - Sigrid Nunez

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:50 am