In this course, we will practice the art of fiction. Throughout the semester, students will write two new short stories and a series of craft-based exercises, as well as participate in thoughtful conversations about their classmates’ work. We will also be reading and discussing a variety of published pieces of fiction. These examples are not meant for intimidation or rote imitation: instead, think of them as small flames illuminating certain parts of a dark room, in which you too will be lighting your own candle. Students will be encouraged to consider how these authors approach character, form, description, dialogue, setting, genre, and plot, and also how they might do the same in a fresh and exciting way.