REL 17
How to Write Auto-Fiction Winter 2019

Cross-listed REL 17 / ENGL 17
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You glanced eagerly over the course descriptions, looking for something that would allow you finally, at last, to wrestle with the ridiculous assumption that those literary genres-namely, “Fiction” and “Non-Fiction”-had intrinsically established identities and clear bounds. You wanted the class that would allow you to write the truth as you experienced it, the truth that was not entirely dependent on facts as markers of truth, but also not so flimsy as to bend in the gentle breeze of every casual opinion. Your eyes stopped on the title, “How to Write Auto-Fiction,” and your attention was piqued. Will it all be written in the second person? you wondered, a thought that had you a little concerned, but the professor calmly stepped in to assure you that no, it would not, in fact it would be best if you avoided that particular narrative mode entirely. You would be focusing on writing stories from your life (10-20 pages each), narrated in the first-person, not entirely factual, but certainly not false. They would be workshopped by your peers, revised, and resubmitted. You would come to class ready to write on the first day, and you would be ruthless in your revisions of shitty first drafts. Adjunct Instructor Bio: Dalena Storm is local writer of fiction and non-fiction. She earned her BA from Williams College and her MFA from Bennington College where she participated in a number of combined workshops on memoir and fiction, and she began to explore the space between the genres in her own fiction in addition to completing a memoir.
The Class: Format: afternoons
Limit: 10
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: two stories (10-20 pages) and two revisions (10-20 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: email explaining reasons for interest in the course to [email protected]
Materials/Lab Fee: none
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 17 ENGL 17
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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