UNC’s Creative Writing Program will present its Senior Honors Fiction Readings on April 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event, which will take place in Graham Memorial Lounge, will display the senior theses of the students in the program.
“There are five readers, and they have all been working all year on a year-long thesis project,” English professor Marianne Gingher said. “They will each read, for about 10 or 12 minutes, an excerpt from their work, so (the reading) lasts about an hour.”
The students will read excerpts from their work, which includes collections of short stories and novellas.
“My thesis is a novella — it’s about 50 pages long, and it takes place in the Soviet Union in the 1980s,” senior Diana Mellow said. “It’s about a woman who, for various bureaucratic reasons, is trapped in this unhappy marriage. She decides to have a baby with another man and basically weave this tangled web of romance and lies, which eventually brings her to the United States.”
Each student’s work is different, and they have been developing their pieces all year. This process has given them time to rework their stories, find their voices and refine their techniques.