Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Wiesepape, Betty
Discipline and Number
CRWT 3307 Section 001
W Time 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Course Title
Creating Short Stories

Description of Course:

CRWT 3307.501 Creating Short Stories Wiesepape B
T 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM JO 4.306

Storytelling is one of the most natural forms of human communication, one that most of us participate in every day. Each individual comes to fiction writing with a unique set of personal experiences, observations, imaginings, and passions. In this class students will participate in activities that are designed to help them translate these resources into fictional short stories.

Students in this class will experience the pleasure associated with the creative process, and they will work to master the craft of fiction writing. They will read and analyze the short stories of established writers as well as stories written by other class members.

Required Texts:

Stern, Jerome, MAKING SHAPELY FICTION, any edition
Strunk & White, THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, any edition

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Only three prerequisites are required: a desire to tell stories, proficiency in the English language, and a willingness to work to improve writing skills.

Members of this class will engage in weekly reading assignments and writing exercises. During the course of the semester, students will produce two original short stories and will rewrite each of these stories. Students will write critiques of class members' work on two separate occassions. Grades will be based upon original stories, written critiques, class attendance, and participation in discussions and workshops. No exams will be given in this class.

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