6-Session Curriculum

Session 1

Introductions. Who are you? Why are you here? What do you hope to accomplish by the end? What have you read and what do you want to write? How do you think we should proceed? Present samples of your writing and/or projects you want to complete in the course of the workshop.

Workshop. We each decide what we’re going to present at the end of the workshop.

Assignment: Read Calvino’s folk tale so we can discuss it next time.

 

Session 2

Narrative. How do we go about constructing a story? What is plot? Why is it important? In folk tales there are no characters and no real setting, so it is easier to see the mechanics of narrative. What can you say about how narrative works in “Crack and Crook”? How might you use that in your own work?

Assignment: Tell your life story in the form of a folk tale. Read Kafka’s “A Crossbreed” so we can discuss it next time.

 

Session 3

Workshop. We read and critique what you’ve written

Voice. What’s the difference between voice and viewpoint? What goes into a fictional character? How is it different from a real person? In Kafka’s story, an imaginary animal seems to say something about the speaker. How can you use objects or situations to talk about people? How does voice help with that?

Assignment: Describe yourself from the viewpoint of another. Read Agha Shahid Ali’s ghazal so we can discuss it next time.

 

Session 4

Workshop. We read and critique what you’ve written.

Form. This is where questions of genre become important. Depending on the kind of writing you’re doing and to what degree you want to abide by its rules, the writing reflects a tradition or convention. Do you see how this is happening in Shahid Ali’s poem? How can we apply the same principles to your own writing.

Assignment: Invent your own literary form and write an example of it.

 

Session 5

Workshop. We read and critique what you’ve written. 

Assignment: Having used everything we’ve done to improve the piece of writing you’re presenting, polish it up and hand it in.

 

Session 6

Workshop. We read and critique your final pieces.

 

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