Fall 2022

Writing the Novella

Listed in: English, as ENGL-426


Judith E. Frank (Section 01)


An advanced writing workshop devoted to the reading and writing of novellas.  We will study such novellas as Samantha Lan Chang’s Hunger, Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Ted Chiang’s The Story of Your Life, and Danielle Evans’ The Office of Historical Corrections, in order to get a sense of the parameters and scope of this in-between form.  Students will write up to ten pages per week with the aim of composing and revising a work of 70-80 pages by the end of the semester.

Requisite: A previous fiction-writing workshop. Admission with consent of the  instructor. Limited to 12 students. Please consult the Creative Writing Center website for information on admission to this course. Fall semester. Professor Frank.

How to handle overenrollment: Students will be asked to submit a letter detailing their writing experience so far.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on readings, written work, artistic work, and workshopping.

ENGL 426 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM CHAP 210

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Office of Historical Corrections Riverhead Danielle Evans Amherst Books TBD
Stories of Your Life and Others Vintage Ted Chiang Amherst Books TBD
Hunger: A Novella and Stories W.W. Norton Lan Samantha Chang Amherst Books TBD
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Bantam Classics Leo Tolstoy Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2024