Novellas are a special art form—contained and controlled. In this class, we will explore what makes an engaging novella and read various narrators such as excerpts from Victoria Redel. Marguerite Duras, and Hanif Kureishi. We will discuss the mystery of elision and what it can bring and take away from your work. Through readings, craft talks, and concrete exercises students will consider pacing, character development, and structure. Other takeaways will include the process of fictionalizing and insight into the publishing process and world.
Students should come to class with drafts of at least 10 pages written.
Chloe Caldwell is the author of three books: the essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person (Coffee House/Emily Books, 2016), the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN (SF/LD, 2014 and Harper Collins UK, 2017) and Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2011). Her memoir, The Red Zone: A Love Story was published in 2022 from Soft Skull. Chloe’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Strategist, Buzzfeed, Longreads, Vice, Nylon, Salon.com, Medium, The Rumpus, Catapult, Hobart, The Sun, Men’s Health, The Nervous Breakdown, and half a dozen anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. She lives in Hudson, N.Y. with her family.