Courses & Faculty



Eleanor Henderson

This primary workshop meets each morning from 10 to 12.

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.

Eleanor Henderson is the author of the novels The Twelve-Mile Straight (2017) and Ten Thousand Saints, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times and was made into a movie in 2015. Her short stories and essays have appeared in publications including Poets & Writers, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best American Short Stories. Some of her recent courses at IC include Writing the Short Novel, Writing Historical Fiction, and Writing the Other. She likes to build things, bake things, and read things.