In this course, students will read contemporary fiction writers who are blending the genres of fiction and memoir. Students will be introduced to the craft of writing through discussions on plot, character, dialogue and voice. Students will also be encouraged to explore different kinds of fictional writing from flash to ‘pseudo-memoir’ to the short story. The first half of the semester will be dedicated to short exercises (1-2 pages) and mini workshops. The second half of the semester, each student will work towards a longer piece (8-12 pages) to be workshopped. There will be weekly response papers (1-2 pages) to the readings.