Spring 2011 -
Graduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Description of Course:
This course will proceed as a combination of lecture, discussion, and studio
production. It will focus on the study and evaluation of the primary elements of the
modern novella, with an emphasis on twentieth century forms and a special
concentration on post-World War II and contemporary fiction forms. The thrust of
the course will be toward defining and applying the principal elements of fiction:
character, plot, setting, dialogue, etc. in an original novella-length work. Students
will actively engage in the production and evaluation of each other’s original work
with an eye toward publication of their work. The publishing business, agents, etc.
will also be discussed. Students should be prepared to write a minimum of one full
length novella during the term, to read and discuss material related to the creation
of the novella, and to read and discuss novellas from an anthology.
Considerable distribution of original work will be required. Students should be
prepared to photocopy and distribute all original work.
To be announced
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
An integral part of this class will be predicated on each student bringing before the
group a substantial amount of original fiction. The goal of the course will be for
each student to complete a minimum of 60 pages of fiction suitable for submission to