Fiction as Witness: A Short Story Workshop

Schools of Public Engagement: Creative Writing

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Fiction as Witness
Spring 2024
Taught By: Alexandra Shelley
Section: A

CRN: 14398

Credits: 3

Tumultuous times call for chroniclers who observe, distill, and reshape. “When reality is surreal, only fiction can make sense of it,” was the logline for the New York Times collection of pandemic short stories. We will hone these chronicling skills through exercises which tap the material around us to generate fiction and root it in a particular place and era, whether set in NYC today or a far-away land in the future. As seeds for new work, we will listen to naturally-occurring tales—like StoryCorps interviews—as well as collect them ourselves. Exercises and stories will be shared with the group. Course prerequisite: open eyes and ears.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Creative Writing (CRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:34pm EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 701
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024