Fiction: Memory, Imagination, and Desire

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Fict: Memory, Imagine, Desire

Spring 2022

Taught By: Carol Goodman

Section: A

CRN: 10813

Credits: 3

Fiction, though we write it to share with the world, comes from a place within us that is a private, interior alembic in which memory and imagination, heated by desire, mix. This course helps students discover this special place and the voices that arise from it and learn how to draw these voices into a well-written story. We ponder the essential mystery of putting words on paper--how to discover material, conquer initial confusion or lack of confidence, and proceed with discipline. Basics are stressed--character, story, point of view, voice, style--as well as rhythm, pacing, psychological subtlety, development, imagery, color, tone, and the power of what's not stated but is nonetheless made clear. We discuss one another's original stories as well as classics by Chekhov, Joyce, and others. Assignments are given to students who need a gentle goad. Each story is individually critiqued by the instructor, and marketing advice is given. Professional writers and editors occasionally join our discussions.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 8:27am 5/25/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022