E 355K • Advanced Creative Writing
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Advanced Creative Writing is for those of you who have taken E 325 and E 341 (Creative Writing Workshop) and now harbor the ambition to be writers. In some instances a student who has not taken E 341 may be admitted by seeking consent from the instructor.
You will write three short stories of up to 12 pages (typed, double-spaced) each, or you will produce a number of poems. You will need to make copies of your work for each member of the class: a close criticism of your work will be the principal focus of the class.
My general approach is to encourage you to take the art of writing seriously and to develop an ambition to produce good new work. To appreciate what I mean by good new work, you should re-read Flannery OConnors essay, The Nature and Aim of Fiction, and Henry James The Art of Fiction, for my approach is built upon their kind of ideas, as well as the ideas to be seen in the interviews with William Faulkner, and the letters of Chekhov, Flaubert, and Tolstoy. I shall also be recommending a variety of old and new writers to give you the broad experience of reading you need in order to prepare yourself to become a first-rate writer.
One anthology, Extreme Fiction