WEDNESDAYS, JAN 26th – MARCH 9th | More people are reading and writing speculative/fabulist fiction, which at times captures the chaotic nature of our reality better than does so-called realist fiction. How does one craft this kind of story? What is the difference between speculative and fabulist fiction anyway?
This class will examine the art of the speculative/fabulist short story while centering the works of marginalized authors. By analyzing the stories of Carmen Maria Machado, Ken Liu, Mariana Enriquez, Tananarive Due, and others, we will explore the workings of this form and apply their techniques through writing prompts. We will also workshop student stories, whether they are first drafts or near-finished masterpieces. Finally, we will discuss short fiction markets that welcome or specialize in speculative/fabulist fiction.
Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA from NYU. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Clarkesworld, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories 2021, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.
This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Pacific Time
Date: Wednesdays, January 26; February 2, 9, 23; March 2, 9; no class February 16
Course fee: $375