Over the next eight weeks, we will be reading short stories and craft essays that exemplify some of the key elements of story, including characterization, plot, setting, point of view, and theme/metaphor. Each week will be dedicated to one of these specific elements and we will look at stories that take varying approaches. There will be weekly writing prompts and in-class exercises to help you generate new material. In this way, week by week, you will be able to build a brand-new story or radically revise one already in-progress. Students will leave with an understanding of the fundamental elements required to build a story and will receive peer and instructor feedback on the writing they’ve generated during the course.
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About the Instructor
VANESSA GOLENIA is an Inprint Brown Foundation fellow and current MFA candidate at the University of Houston. Her work has appeared in Longreads, The Rumpus, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, the Risk! podcast and elsewhere. She currently serves as the Reviews and Interviews editor at Gulf Coast Journal. She is also the host of Space Bar, a live show in Houston that features storytelling, music, and comedy.
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