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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.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by UGA Press in 2018. Her earlier collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle, 2008) and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle, 2005). Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, McSweeney's, One Story, and North American Review, among other journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Kirsten teaches fiction writing at Hugo House and 9th-12th grade English at a small independent school near Seattle.