E 341 • Short Story Workshop
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
An intermediate level course in writing short fiction. Students must have successfully completed E 325, Fiction, or its equivalent elsewhere. This course is oriented towards literary fiction (by contrast with primarily commercial fiction). This is to say, no sci-fi, adventure, swords-and-sorcery, spy, gothic, detective, romance, or youth market fiction: all of those genres represent areas of specialization not my own. All literary styles, realist and non-realist, are welcome.
Most of the course will be workshop: group discussion of student work. Each student will commit to 3 dates on which s/he will submit a new story in enough copies for everybody in the class to have one.
Three short stories. Regular attendance, preparation, and participation.
To address issues about fiction, we will do some reading from Sudden Fiction International, ed. Robert Shapard & Jas. Thomas (W. W. Norton), or a similar collection.