Picador Seminars by Tom Drury
Picador Professor Tom Drury will teach two classes in the summer term of 2017:
Town & Country: Rural Spaces in American Fiction
Mondays, 3-5 pm, GWZ 3 5.15
Rural areas and small towns have long proven a compelling venue for American fiction writers. The stage is well defined, characters know one another, nature is close at hand, and stories abound. In this class we’ll read works of small-town fiction spanning more than a century with attention to language and structure and to the cultural antecedents of rural egalitarianism as well as the insular conservatism evident in the 2016 election. Possible texts (not all of these) include Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton, 1911), O Pioneers! (Willa Cather, 1913), Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson, 1919), Stoner (John Williams, 1965), plus contemporary works such as The Call (Yannick Murphy, 2011), Boy, Snow, Bird (Helen Oyeyemi, 2014), and Signs Preceding the End of the World (Yuri Herrera, 2015).
This seminar is part of the BA module “Literature and Culture III.”
Short Story Workshop
Wednesday, 3-5 pm, GWZ 3 5.15
A short story is a compression and reconfiguration of experience that at its best produces a sense of mystery and completion in the reader. This class will explore the art of storytelling via the traditional workshop model—with students writing stories, and reading and discussing each other’s work—plus some probable additions, such as in-class writing assignments and the creation of writing teams (depending on the number of students). The class should be suitable for beginning or intermediate fiction writers, as we will explore basic elements of the short story (scene/summary, description, dialogue, point of view, narrative voice, and character development). Texts will include two or three widely available anthologies and a craft book.
All students are welcome, but the number of spots is limited. Please sign up via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 26, 2017. In your e-mail, please indicate your name, your student ID number, as well as the program in which you’re currently studying. You will receive an e-mail from us informing you whether you secured a spot in the workshop after March 26.