E 341 • Short Story Workshop
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
The course calls for three short stories ranging from 12 to 15 pages each, double-spaced, with a title page giving 1)the student's name, 2)the date of the paper, 3)the title of the short story, 4) the number of words, and 5) the course number.
This is an upper division course for writers, and the instructor expects well-written papers. This includes 1)clarity, 2)grammar, 3)punctuation, 4) mechanics, and 5)usage. Students who are not up to the mark are advised to consider this most seriously before enrolling because the instructor insists on those basic requirements. They are basic since words are what writers work with; you are advised to keep this in mind.
The students will be instructed on how to read as writers; to take note of what the authors of the short stories do regarding the introduction of characters and the development of their characterization, the movement of the plot, and a convincing background or setting of the stories. Do, then, keep this in mind, to repeat: you will read as a writer.
Caveat: If you do not read the assignments, this is proof of a lack of dedication and interest.
The text: FICTION: A Pocket Anthology, Fifth edition
The anthologizer: R. S. Gwynn.