Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course serves as an introductory course in creative writing for graduate-level students. Although many will have had previous instruction in creative writing, no previous experience in creative writing of fiction will be necessary. The class 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 with an emphasis on modern and contemporary fiction forms. The thrust of the course will be toward defining and applying the principal elements of fiction: character, plot, setting, dialogue, etc. in original work. 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.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students should be prepared to write a minimum of 3 full length short stories during the term, including at least one suitable for submission to a publisher; students will also be required to complete various exercises and evaluations as assigned, and to read and discuss material related to the creation of the short story, and to read and discuss short stories from an anthology.
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.
Please Note: Complete and full attendance of all class meetings will be required. Students who are absent for any reason are subject to grade penalty.