In this class, we will take a unique approach to the study of fiction, exploring stories through the lens of science. We will draw from biology, physics, psychology, sociology, and more, using each discipline as a window into a deeper understanding of craft. What can a study of people’s living spaces reveal about how to create a strong setting and vivid characters? What can an examination of physics teach us about the propulsive force of tension on the page? Students do not need to have a background in science to take this class; we’ll be using these studies and concepts as a jumping-off point to think differently and, perhaps, more deeply about our own writing. Science has a great deal to teach us about how to create stronger, clearer, more immersive stories.
Abby Geni is the author of The Wildlands, The Lightkeepers, and The Last Animal. Her books have been translated into seven languages and have won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Chicago Review of Books Awards, among other honors. Her latest novel, The Wildlands, was named one of the best books of 2018 by Kirkus and Buzzfeed and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Geni is a faculty member at StoryStudio Chicago and recently served as Visiting Associate Professor of Fiction at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Visit her website to learn more.