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December 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm EST - 6:30 pm EST

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  • Fall 2020
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Room: Zoom Room 3


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Bullet Points: Using Lists to Explode your Fiction

From menus and instructions to to-dos and top tens, lists reveal the story of modern life. Think of how much self-revelation is in your grocery list, your speed dial list, or your list of medications. On the page, lists can deepen a sense of setting or character, or themselves provide the scaffolding for high-wire prose.

In this class, authors Desiree Cooper and Julia Brown will explore how to use lists to elevate your fiction. We’ll analyze many examples and consider the local and overall effects of lists on the prose they inhabit. Writers discussed include Claudia Rankine, Tim O’Brien, Jamaica Kincaid, Thom Jones, Lorrie Moore, Leonard Michaels, Joan Didion, and others.

We’ll work through an exercise or two in class. You’ll get additional prompts that you can incorporate into your works in progress, or use to generate new work. You’ll also walk away with your own extensive list—stories, novels, poems, and essays you can further explore to widen your sense of narrative possibility.

Add this class to your to-do list for December!

The Muse welcomes Guest Teacher Julia Brown!

Julia Brown is a fiction editor for AGNI Magazine. She earned her MFA at the University of Houston, where teaches creative writing. Her work has been published in Gulf Coast, Mosaic, and SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is at work on a collection of short stories. 

The MuseTeacher: Desiree Cooper

Prerequisite: Open to all levels