Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY.
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 novella, with an emphasis on twentieth century forms and a special concentration on post-World War II 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. Students should be prepared to write an analytical report on a published novella, a minimum of one full-length novella during the term, to read and discuss material related to the creation of fiction, and discuss novellas from an anthology.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
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 one full-length novella of a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of around 35,000 words suitable for submission to a publisher.
Considerable distribution of original work will be required. Students should be prepared to duplicate and distribute all original work. Electronic distribution is not a viable option. Please note that the class meeting time is established for each session; students should be aware of this time and have work slated for distribution on the date due well in advance.