In fiction classes at Yale, we teach creative reading, as well as creative writing: we hone not only our own writing but also our ability to read the work of others with a delicate but crucial balance of discernment and generosity. We ask ourselves, what does this story want to be? How could it be made more vivid, more startling, and less like anything else we’ve read before? We’re looking not to “reform” stories, but to help our students produce the most engaging, evocative, and compelling work of which they are capable.