IntroSems quarters and schedules subject to change--check back often. Go to Re-Approaching Stanford for weekly updates on Academic Year 2020-21.
Sign up for priority enrollment in Winter IntroSems in the IntroSems' VCA between October 16th and November 13th at 8AM PT. Winter status will be released by December 4th.
Imaginative Realms: Writing Beyond Realism
What makes a compelling literary universe? How can a story that challenges the boundaries of reality have contemporary social significance? In this creative writing workshop we will explore imagined universes in fiction and poetry. Drawing on contemporary and historical texts, including ghost stories and the spirit world, magical realism, robots and artificial intelligence, and utopias and dystopias, we’ll seek to understand the tradition of writing that boldly goes beyond realism. Focusing on the writer's craft, we’ll explore the challenges unique to fantastical literature, including narrative authenticity, believable characterization, world-building, and human relevance. Reading as writers, we’ll examine the expectations of genre as we discover innovative ways to craft compelling stories and poems.