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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 318L • Fiction

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34915 to 34930 Multiple Sections
Furman, L

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

An introduction to creative writing, the course focuses on reading and writing the short story. Each week, the students experiment with different techniques and aspects of the short story through an assigned exercise. As well, we will read one story a week, either from the past through the work of Anton Chekhov, Katherine Mansfield, and others, or from the work of living writers. Students will be expected to participate in discussions of the stories.

Each week, the students will write and rewrite a one-page exercise. The students will also write two short stories (4-5 pages) and a rewrite of one story. Each class, the students will break into small groups for discussion and feedback of student work or the assigned reading. Most of the student writing will be critiqued in a workshop setting with TAs, Creative Writing graduate students, leading the discussion. The small-group discussions include peer reviews of student work. Once in the semester, each must meet during office hours with his or her TA. The pages must be double-spaced in type no smaller than 11 point, with reasonable margins for TA comments. Student work must be presented in multiple copies and retained in a folder for final grading.

Grading Policy

Grading: Exercises, 20%; First short story, 20%; Second short story, 20%; Revision, 20%; Critiques (peer reviews), 10%; Participation, 10%. Steady attendance is required. Students may not miss more than two classes without lowering the final grade.


Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter, What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers; Laura Furman, ed., The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009; Laura Furman, ed., The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008


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