Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to aery nothing
A local habitation and a name.
¬A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Students who sign up for this advanced creative writing course should have already acquired some basic storytelling skills. In this course they will refine and develop those skills. Members of this class will analyze stories by well-known short story writers and will participate in weekly writing exercises. Students will write three original short stories and rewrite two of the three. Each student will also produce written critiques of a classmate’s story on three occasions and will participate in workshop sessions that focus upon student stories.
Janet Burroway: WRITING FICTION (8th edition only)
Mark Mills: CRAFTING THE VERY SHORT STORY
Jerome Stern: MAKING SHAPELY FICTION
Strunk and White: THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
During the course of the semester, each student will produce three original pieces of fiction, will rewrite two of the three stories, and will choose one of these stories to submit to a literary journal for publication. At least once during the course, each student will give a brief report on the work of a well-known short story writer to be selected from a list supplied by the professor.