Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
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 short story, The thrust of the course will be toward defining and applying the principal elements of fiction. Students will actively engage in the production and evaluation of each other’s original work with an eye toward publication of their work. The periodical publishing business, dealing with agents, e-publishing, etc. will also be discussed. Students should be prepared to write a minimum of 3 full length short stories during the term, to read and discuss material related to the creation of the short story, and to read and discuss short stories from an anthology.
This course will focus principally on the "occasional" story, that is commissioned work responding to a specific event, happening, holiday, etc.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students should have completed at least one course in fiction writing at the graduate level.
Considerable distribution of original work will be required. Students should be prepared to photocopy and distribute all original work.
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 3 short stories, including at least one suitable for submission to a publisher as well as various exercises and evaluations as assigned.
Full Attendance is required.