Courses & Faculty

WRITING SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASYWRITING SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Katharyn Howd Machan

This course is modeled on the Department of Writing's popular advanced creative writing course in science fiction and fantasy, which emphasizes the importance of character and thematic development. In-class activities might include a focus on the selection of subject, setting, and narrative techniques, with readings in contemporary science fiction and fantasy serving as models for approaches to these two genres.

Katharyn Howd Machan studied creative writing and literature at the College of Saint Rose and at the University of Iowa, taught college for five years, returned to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Interpretation (Performance Studies) at Northwestern University and, now as a full professor, has been teaching on IC’s Writing faculty ever since, with additional active roles in the Women’s Studies Program and the Gerontology Institute. She has published 30 poetry collections, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks. In 2000 she was awarded the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California by judge Dana Gioia for her poem “Tess Clarion: Redwing, 1888” and in 2006 the Luna Negra Prize from Kent State University for her poem “Gingerbread.” In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York.