The stories of linked collections are supposed to be both self-sufficient and interrelated; according to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, the interest of linked narratives lies in what happens “in the interstices.” In such texts, how do we understand threads of character or setting or theme? How do promises of interconnection shape our expectations and impressions? How does each part contribute to the collection as a whole? In this course, we will consider the form and its range: from the loosely linked to the more linear “novel-in-stories.” We will consider construction, looking at overarching structures and all aspects of craft: point of view, voice, diction, dialogue, etc. Through close reading, reflections, critical essays, and revision, you will emerge with a sharper definition of your own aesthetic position and a handle on this ever-more-popular form.
- Teacher: Courtney Zoffness