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Everyone agrees that growing up is hard to do, but the familiar pains of young adulthood make for some of the best fiction. In this class, we’ll look at the coming-of-age story, exploring what defines and distinguishes this genre and discussing a number of contemporary stories as models of the form (among them stories by David Long, Gina Berriault, Junot Diaz, Jodi Angel, and Aryn Kyle). We’ll also work to develop and polish our own coming-of-age narratives through weekly writing exercises and short-fiction workshop.
Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two books of short fiction-- This Life She's Chosen and Swimming With Strangers (both published by Chronicle Books). Her short stories and essays have been published widely in journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She taught creative writing at Purchase College, SUNY from 2008-2012, and now teaches as an adjunct faculty member at several schools in the Seattle area.