David Foster Wallace once noted that, while all writers steal, the best writers are “kleptomaniacs with really good taste.” In this generative workshop, we will engage our own artistic really good taste, looking at ways writers move narrative, build momentum, and create surprise on the page. We will consider the link between pattern and plot, imitating these structures and styles to our own ends. The class will focus largely on generating new material.
Suzanne Scanlon is the author of the novel Promising Young Women (2013) as well as Her 37th Year, An Index, which was chosen by Allan Gurganus for The Iowa Review fiction prize. Her fiction has appeared in many journals, including Bomb Magazine, The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, and DIAGRAM, and she writes about theater for the Chicago Reader and Time Out Chicago. She is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, and was recently a Visiting Writer in Roosevelt University’s M.F.A. program.