E 325 • Creative Writing: Fiction
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This Creative Writing course will begin by focusing on the mechanics (structure, narrative voice, dialogue, character development, etc.) within selected fiction, allowing you to study the different elements you will use later as you write your own short stories.
Students are responsible for writing two short stories (6-8 pages in length). Both stories will be discussed openly in a workshop setting. You will also have an opportunity to revise your work and submit a Final Portfolio. Aside from your handwritten comments on your classmates' work, you will be responsible for writing a detailed critique (1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced) for each workshop story. These papers are due on the day the story is discussed. At several points throughout the semester I will collect your critiques and assign grades. Come to class prepared to discuss the assigned reading, whether it is a selected work or a workshop story. Attendance is required.
Short Stories 50%
Final Portfolio 20%
Class Participation/Pop Quizzes 10%
Short Fiction by 33 Writers, Mark Winegardner (Editor), Thomson Wadsworth (Publisher)