E 325 • Creative Writing: Fiction
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Student work will be the primary focus of discussion, along with analysis of contemporary short stories with a wide variety of themes and styles chosen to engage the writer's imagination. Other selected readings will also be on the syllabus, including essays and interviews relating to fiction. Form, story, character, dialogue, aspects of style and other elements of craft will be discussed; careful attention will be paid to the individual student's voice, and each of these factors will be discussed regarding the process of revision. Additionally, there will be occasional class exercises designed to develop the writer's voice and other conventions of writing. Critical and thoughtful participation in class discussion is required, and students are expected to write three new stories during the term, turning in revisions of all before the end of the semester.
Progress over the course of the term is considered heavily.
Class participation 25%.
Written work 75% divided equally among the three stories.
Prompt attendance is mandatory.