S135. Teaching Fiction in a Golden Age of Television

Auditorium Room 2, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In an era of streaming content and Breaking Bad, our fiction students enter the classroom as sophisticated consumers of visual storytelling. When students draw upon TV/movies for their fiction, however, they often mimic the aspects of these genres least applicable to short fiction while ignoring elements that can dramatically improve their writing. This panel will discuss the techniques fiction writers can borrow from TV/movies and the unique challenges/rewards of teaching in a golden age of TV.


Marian Crotty is an assistant professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland. Recent writing has appeared in journals such as the Gettysburg ReviewGuernica, and the New England Review.

Mark Winegardner's novels include The Veracruz Blues, Crooked River Burning, The Godfather Returns, and The Godfather’s Revenge, as well as the story collection That’s True of Everybody. He is the Burroway Chair of English & Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University.

Tom Franklin is the author of Poachers, Hell at the Breech, Smonk, Crooked Letter, and, with Beth Ann Fennelly, The Tilted World. He teaches at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

Alissa Nutting is author of the novel Tampa and the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her work has recently appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and the Indiana Review. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at John Carroll University.


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