Explorations: Editing Literary Fiction (Jan 19 – May 1, 2022)



In this class, we’ll read one published literary novel each month for a total of four. Written lessons will describe what to consider when editing literary fiction, and we’ll discuss the lessons and the novels in the class forums. You’ll write a total of four revision letters covering developmental problems you noted in the published works, and the instructor will provide feedback on each revision letter.

We’ll begin the discussion of each novel on the third Wednesday of the month, starting on January 19, 2022 (other discussions will begin February 16, March 16, and April 20). We’ll conclude the exploration on May 1, 2022 (when the last revision letter will be due).

We’ll talk about what we mean by “literary fiction” and how it differs from genre fiction (if it does). We’ll look at perspective, the uses of a narrator, character arcs, and plot development. We’ll dig deeper into how the use of language affects meaning and we’ll explore theme and message.

The novels we’ll be reading (in this order) are:

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

The Eternal Audience of One by Remy Ngamije

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

You’ll need to purchase each of the novels we use in the class. I have chosen those that have Kindle editions, but if you want to read the print version, order early to avoid supply chain problems.