Description of Class
We’re all familiar with fantasy and horror, mysteries and thrillers, but what is “genre” in fiction when we really break it down? Is categorizing fiction useful for anyone but booksellers and librarians? And how important is it for an author to be aware of the genre tradition of his or her work?
In this class, we’ll talk about writing in and around genre, focusing on the concrete ways writers can use expectations of genre forms to enhance their projects. We’ll look at elements of genre fiction as tools you can use to heighten your literary work, and discuss when and how to break the rules of genre to greatest effect.
This is a class for anyone currently working on genre fiction, considering adding genre elements to their work, or interested in examining the functions of genre in fiction. The session will include a craft lecture and discussion, writing exercise, brainstorming session, and Q&A.Top