Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
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: FICTION: A POCKET ANTHOLOGY, edited by R.S. Gwynn, 7th edition only
MAKING SHAPELY FICTION by Jerome Stern
THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Strunk and White
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. Students who meet these requirements can anticipate the pleasure that comes from creating fictional worlds and bringing make-belive characters to life. No previous experience in fiction writing is required for this class that operates on a workshop format.
Members of this class will engage in weekly reading assignments and weekly writing exercises. During the course of the semester, students will produce two original short stories and rewrite each of these stories. They will write critiques of class members' work on two separate occasions. Grades will be based upon original writings, written critiques, and class attendance and participation. No exams will be given in this class.