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No prose genre is as instructive for the writer of fiction as the short novel, which treads a razor’s edge between scope and concision.

Every decision the novelist makes carries higher stakes. When a short novel succeeds, it can be a dazzling example of economy and structure. In this course, we read one short novel a week, with an eye to figuring out how they work and what secrets of theirs we might steal. At the same time, we apply our discoveries to our own works in progress and particularly to the challenge of structure in those works. Readings may include the work of Philip Roth, Muriel Spark, Gabriel García Márquez and James Salter.

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Brief Bio

Susan Choi is the author of The Foreign Student; American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize; A Person of Interest; and My Education. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.


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