E 325 • Creative Writing: Fiction
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This is a beginning course in fiction writing, progressing from exercises, studies, and flash fictions to the writing and editing of longer stories. Basic elements of fiction writingcharacter, setting, dialogue, actionare stressed, as is students ability to draw upon aspects of self, surroundings, and imagination. Emphasis is on student work, but careful attention is also given to analysis and discussion of assigned texts.
Approximately eight writing assignments. Assignments will include directed exercises, flash fictions (about three at 1-4 pages each), three short stories on subjects of the writers choice in first draft, and revisions of the same (5-15 pages each).
Students will receive grades on written work done outside of class; however, only first drafts of stories will be critiqued. Revised versions will receive the grade. At least one story will be discussed by the whole class. Class participation (discussions, exercises, attendance) will be included in the final grade.
Class participation 30%
Janet Burroway, Imaginative Writing: The Element of Craft