We will read novels and short stories that challenge conventional narrative forms. Through close analysis and discussion, we will explore the intricacies of craft, including character development, plot structure, narrative voice, and thematic exploration. From the complex narratives as Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half to the surreal landscapes of Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi, we will gain a deeper understanding of the nuances of storytelling, ultimately honing our own writing skills through creative exercises and workshops. In the final weeks, we will explore the fundamentals of a classic writing workshop in which we will write our own short fiction and serve as editors of our peers’ writing.