Creative Writing: City Fiction

Cities are spaces forever in flux. Neighborhoods change, buildings are razed and new ones take their places, people move in and out. Within this environment, the writer attempts to capture the pace, the texture and the meaning of urban living. Among the most accomplished writers in the genre are Saul Bellow, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and many others. Contemporary writers like Tommy Orange and Sayaka Murata have explored the emergence of new and forgotten identities in urban spaces. By reading excerpts and short fiction, students will learn the techniques that allow these eminent authors to create narratives that revolve around the city. These techniques will then be practiced, refined and implemented in the students' own writing through a series of assignments.

  • Fee: $175
  • Item #: 17413
  • Winter 2022

  • This class is already in session. Please contact our office at or 206-934-3705 to inquire about late registration.
  • The instructor's knowledge and enthusiasm was wonderful. Nels Challinor chose excellent readings by authors from the 19th to the 21st century. He managed the class time perfectly, dividing each two hour session between discussing the readings and writing workshop.

    - John