This intensive fiction workshop asks students to submit original work for review and revision, and to offer critical responses to their peers. Students will wrestle with and refine their writing, while developing a better ear for language. If, as Blanchot poses, fiction is impoverished by nature, writers must carefully sediment with words the worlds they create in order to make their narratives seem real to the reader. This course will encourage students to consider the nature of that authenticity: how the writers use of language helps produce, challenge, or resist the representations of the phenomena she creates. All participants will produce two polished fictions by the end of the semester, with an aim of future publication.