E 325 • Creative Writing: Fiction
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This is a course in primarily "literary" (as distinguished from primarily "commercial") fiction for the beginning fiction writer. Class consists of about half workshop (group discussion of student work), about half discussion and lecture on basic fictional technique. There are some readings from two books. At the beginning of the course there will be short writing exercises; later writing assignments will include three short stories.
Grades are weighted toward the end of the semester.
First major writing assignment, a scene, 2-3 pp. 10%
In-class writing and class participation 20%
3 stories, 5-15 pp. each 15%, 25%, and 30% respectively
No final exam. Grading is based on mastery of course topics and of basic writing. Attendance is required.
Note: This course is not a good choice for freshman even though they may have met the requirements, or for students who have never taken a college literature course or who may have difficulties with basic writing competence.
John Gardner, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
R. V. Cassill, ed., The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction (6th ed., Longer)