Graduate Fiction Workshop Valerie Sayers
Fall 2014: The major work of the semester will be the analysis, appreciation, and critique of our own fiction and nonfiction manuscripts in light of contemporary literary concerns.   Because we work in two major genres (as well as hybrid and in-between forms), we’ll certainly examine the aesthetic and even ethical implications of labeling work ‘fiction’ or 'nonfiction' and of being published in online, printed, and yet-to-be-imagined venues. (Has anybody installed a Gibsonesque chip in the forehead yet?)  We’ll be particularly interested in the innovations that cross-pollination might encourage. All semester long, we’ll commiserate over the state of contemporary mainstream publishing, but we’ll also celebrate and encourage against-the-odds, online, and alternative success.

Graduate Poetry Workshop Johannes Goransson
Fall 2014: This course is for candidates of the MFA program in poetry.  The course places its main emphasis on student writing and will be run as a week-to-week workshop of student work.  The objective of the course is to provide students with meaningful feedback on their work, as well as to build students’ facility in the critical, constructive discussion of peer and published work.  All other course activities, including readings, will vary from section to section.