Courses & Faculty

Joan Marcus

This class introduces students to the art and craft of contemporary short fiction. Together we will explore the nuances of scene and setting, character development, voice, dialogue, point of view, and of course plot development. Students will read published works in a wide range of styles, do lots of writing exercises, and share their work in a supportive environment.

Joan Marcus holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in Writing and History from Oberlin College. At Ithaca College, she teaches in the areas of Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, the Public Essay, and Academic Writing. Her publications include short fiction in Gulf Coast, The Georgia Review, and Puerto del Sol, and essays in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sun, and Brain, Child. Two of her works in progress are a time-travel middle grade novel called Tripp's Passage and an essay collection titled Exalting the Weird.