This course provides students interested in writing fiction an opportunity to explore and practice various forms in a workshop environment. The main objective of the course is to help students develop individual styles and voices and to raise their awareness of the techniques available to them. To this end, we'll examine the craft elements of traditional fiction writing--plot, structure, point of view, narrative voice, dialogue, style, action, etc--as well as methods for generating narrative ideas, moving beyond the first draft and working more experimentally. We'll begin with exercises ranging from simple to demanding, then enter a workshop phase in which students present their own work, moving toward a serious and considered revision as a final project. Students are responsible for presenting their own fiction and responding to the work of classmates, as well as to questions about literature, editing, and publishing. Reading assignments will include work by contemporary writers including Alice Munroe, T C Boyle, Lorrie Moore, Jim Shepard and others, as well as Chekhov, Wharton and Nabokov.