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CRW F325F • Fiction Writing

82450 • Pipkin, John
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am PAR 310
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CRW f325F  l Fiction Writing

Instructor:  Pipkin, J

Unique #: 82540

Semester: summer 2015, first session

Cross-lists: n/a

Flags:  Writing

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction: No

Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 603B, (316K,) 316L, 316M, 316N, 316P, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: This is an entry-level course in the writing of narrative fiction, with a focus on the short story form. The first step in developing your writing craft is to learn how to read as a writer, so substantial emphasis will be placed on reading and discussing short stories. You will be required to analyze the structure and craft of the short stories assigned. Learning how to identify the fundamental elements and narrative techniques in these stories will help you to employ these techniques in your own work. We will also read several selections from the textbook discussing the craft of fiction. You should come to class prepared for a short quiz on the content and terms used in the assigned readings. The beginning of the semester will focus on structure, narration, point of view, character development, and motivation. The second half of the semester will focus on plotting, pacing, tension, setting, dialogue and revision. Emphasis will be placed on making use of workshop feedback. Class will consist of lecture, in-class writing, discussion, and workshop participation. You should be prepared to read and discuss your work in class. The main goal of the workshop sessions is to help you develop editing skills so that you can continue to grow as a writer beyond this class. After your work is discussed in workshop, you should be prepared to use the ideas discussed in the critiques to improve the original draft. Participation in workshop is an essential part of this class, so you must come prepared to discuss the works under consideration.

Texts: Handouts and short-stories will be provided in class.

Requirements & Grading: Two writing assignments: 35% each; class participation, quizzes, workshop discussion: 30%.

No final exam. Papers are due in hard copy, in class, on the dates indicated. Late or electronic submissions will not be accepted. Attendance is required.

Policies: Documented Disability Statement: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 232-2937 (video phone), or visit

Honor Code: The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.

Academic Integrity: Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see

Religious Holy Days: By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of a pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, I will give you an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

CRW F325P • Poetry Writing

82455 • Frye, Elizabeth
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm PAR 310
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CRW f325P  l Poetry Writing

Instructor:  Frye, E

Unique #: 82455

Semester: Summer 2015, first session

Cross-lists: n/a

Flags:  Writing

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction: No

Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 603B, (316K,) 316L, 316M, 316N, 316P, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: This course introduces students to poetic craft. In our quest to understand what makes a poem, and how poetry “happens,” we will investigate its basic tenets: metaphor, image, line, stanza, sound, voice, and tone. We will read widely and closely, considering how poets, contemporary and otherwise, make meaning for their readers.

Most importantly, we will write often and with gusto. In addition to in-class creative exercises and two short critical essays, students will submit one poem a week for workshop. Students will also be expected to offer written and oral feedback on their classmates’ work and to revise their own pieces for a final portfolio.

Texts: In addition to student drafts, readings (poems and essays) will be distributed in class.

Requirements & Grading: Original Drafts and Final Portfolio, 60%; Short Critical Essays, 10%; Class Participation/Workshop, 30%.

CRW S325F • Fiction Writing

Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm BEN 1.106
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CRW s325F  l  Fiction Writing

Instructor:  Clarkson, R

Unique #:  82465

Semester:  Summer 2015, second session

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags: Writing

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 603B, (316K,) 316L, 316M, 316N, 316P, 316K, or T C 603B.


‘Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.’ - Henry Miller

‘Writing fiction is like remembering what never happened.’ – Siri Hustvedt

The truth is, fiction depends for its life on place’ – Eudora Welty

By the end of this course students will have gained an understanding of some of the opportunities peculiar to the short story and how the writer can both serve and exploit them. They will have applied this knowledge to the development of their own short fiction and contributed to the stories of others through thoughtful critique and feedback.

This course will focus on the generation of ideas in fiction writing and particularly those suited to the short story: where do we find ideas and how do we push them forward into stories? What is the role of ‘place’ in our lives and in our stories?

We will consider these things, along with voice, character, language, structure, titles, beginnings and endings, and how to create the critical spaces in between.

We will analyze a number of highly acclaimed short stories from the US and Australia and consider what it means to work ‘in conversation’ with other writers.

Reading your own work objectively is a critical skill for writers, while giving and receiving feedback from others is almost its own art form. This course will focus particularly on developing these skills, as we work toward polished short works of fiction.

Texts: A Course Reader will include sections from: Mystery and Manners, Occasional Prose, Flannery O’Conner, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; From Where You Dream, The Process of Writing Fiction, Robert Olen Butler, Grove Press; The Little Red Writing Book (Chapter Four: Poetics), Mark Tredinnick, University of New South Wales Press; and a selection of articles and short stories.

Requirements and Grading: Two polished short stories (2000 words each) 30% each, one written feedback report on another student’s fiction (750 words) 20%, participation in workshops, writing exercises and journal keeping 20%. Attendance is necessary and required for the completion of all assignments.

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