Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This is a course in which each student will work toward the completion of a full-length novel. Ideally, each student will produce approximately 100 pages of a novel, although the actual number of pages produced is less important than a sense that about one third of the total work has been generated.
This course will proceed as a combination of lecture, discussion, and workshop. It will focus on the study and evaluation of the primary elements of the modern novel, with an emphasis on twentieth century forms and a special concentration on post-World War II and contemporary novel forms. The thrust of the course will be toward defining and applying the principal elements of fiction: character, plot, setting, tension, dialogue, etc. in an original novel-length work. Students will actively engage in the production and evaluation of each other’s original work with an eye toward completion and eventual publication of their work.
E.M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel, others TBA
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be required to respond to their peers work in writing as well as orally in class. There will be some assigned outside reading, including examples of novels. The publishing business, agents, etc. will also be discussed.
This course will proceed as a combination of lecture, discussion, and studio production. Considerable distribution of original work will be required. Students should be prepared to photocopy and distribute all original work. Full attendance is required.
Students should come to the first class with approximately 30-40 pages of the novel already written and ready to submit for workshop. Work that has been workshopped in a previous class, at UTD or elsewhere, is not allowed.