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"How to Write Literary Genre Fiction" with Michael Noll

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St. Edward's University Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

3/5/2016 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, March 3. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

Literary fiction used to occupy its own corner of the publishing world, but now many respected literary writers are incorporating genre elements in their work: monsters, science fiction worlds, hard-boiled detective stories, historical fiction worlds, and romance conflicts. These genre mash-ups pose a common problem: How do you move back and forth between a realistic world and a genre world within the same story or novel? It’s actually a problem that purely genre writers have long faced, and in this class, we’ll study examples from genres like science fiction/fantasy, crime/detective, horror, and romance, and historical along with works by some of today’s most popular mash-up writers such as George Saunders, Manuel Gonzales, and Karen Russell. This class should be useful to anyone playing with genre in literary stories or committed to pure genre fiction.

About the instructor:

Michael Noll teaches writing at Texas State University and edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Chattahoochee Review, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The Good Men Project. He was formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX. He’s currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead.

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