Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Wiesepape, Betty
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6354 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Creating Short Fictions

Description of Course:

This course is an investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of the art and creation of the short story, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing short stories in a variety of experimental and traditional forms that may later be combined with the visual and performing arts.

Required Texts:

Required books:
A GUIDE TO NARRATIVE CRAFT by Janet Burroway (8th edition).
MAKING SHAPELY FICTION by Jerome Stern (any edition).
THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Strunk and Whire (any edition).
Stories on Course reserve in the UTD library.

THE ART AND CRAFT OF FICTION by Michael Kardos (December 2012 edition

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students in this class will produce 3 original short stories and will write second drafts of 2 of these stories. They will read, analyze and evaluate stories by established short story writers as well as write 3 critiques of peer-generated short stories. In addition, each student will make an oral presentation about the work of an established writer and will lead the class discussion of one story written by this writer. Students in this class will be expected to read all assignments and to take an active part in class discussions and workshop sessions. Note: stories written previous to this course will not be accepted to fulfill the requirements of this course.

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