In this course, we’ll explore the realms of “Fantastic Fiction,” from the whimsical to the uncanny. These stories and novels sometimes explore literal magic in the world—as in Kelly Link’s short stories—alternate (un)realities—as in Robert Coover’s or Ray Bradbury’s work–or sometimes, internal realities so powerful, they overcome the real world—as in Shirley Jackson’s fiction. Each week, we’ll follow these writers to the bottom of their unique rabbit holes to see what techniques we can identify and try in our own work. The ten-week workshop will dip into a number of “genres,” including fantasy, science fiction, the “new weird,” and appropo of the season, horror. We’ll discuss published works of fiction from both established and emerging writers, and generate new work through in-class exercises. We’ll also incorporate manuscript critique towards writers’ existing works-in-progress.
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About the instructor
CHARLOTTE WYATT earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Houston last May. She is the recipient of a 2018 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize for fiction and was the 2017-2018 Inprint/Creative Writing Program Fellow. She has served as a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and has taught fiction in Houston with Inprint, the Boldface Conference, and WITS. She serves as the Fiction Director for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, where she also directs admissions. Her work can be found in Gulf Coast and Joyland. She is at work on a novel, which was recently named a finalist in the Texas Writers League 2019 Fiction Manuscript Contest.
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