MWF 9:05 AM – 10:10 AM
We will read and write contemporary autofiction, which we’ll define as works of fiction that incorporate elements of real life. We will study the opportunities and challenges of situating narrative close to the author, all while parsing the differences among autofiction, fiction, and memoir. Students will read a range of modern autofictional novels and write their own stories or excerpts based on the components and craft discussed in class. Students will discover why a particular story can benefit from autofictional treatment. Ultimately, this course will look at the intersection of reality and fiction to realize a truly composite sense of the self.