In this course, students will read contemporary fiction and nonfiction writers such as Nunez, Beard, Hempel, Shepard, Karr, Moody, and Wallace, among others. Students will be introduced to the craft of writing through discussions of plot, character, dialogue and voice. Students will also be encouraged to explore different genres of writing from flash fiction to long-form memoir. The last portion of the semester will be dedicated to workshopping the works of peers. Each student will be expected to turn in biweekly short assignments (1-2 pages) as well as one final creative piece for workshop (10-15 pages).