There are three areas we must consider when deciding how to approach time in a piece of fiction: the word count of our piece, the amount of time covered by our piece, and the literary devices, such as flashback or compression, that we'll use to guide the reader through the timeline of our prose.
In this class, we'll discuss these areas as they apply to the short story. We'll read work from many authors, including James Baldwin, Alice Munro, and Yu Hua. We'll have fun playing with time in our own work, and we'll learn from one another's time experiments.
This class is a space for exploration and discovery. You'll leave with a sharpened understanding of how time operates in fiction and a keener ability to manipulate time in your own work.
There are assigned readings between classes. Expect 2 short stories each week.
Ginger Eager holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars. Her 2020 debut novel, The Nature of Remains, won The AWP Prize for the Novel. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in various online and print journals, including West Branch, Jabberwock Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. Learn more about her at www.gingereager.com
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