Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Kimzey, Blake
Discipline and Number
CRWT 3307 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Creating Short Stories

Description of Course:

This course will involve the study and practice of creating original short fiction. Students will be actively engaged in the composition, reading, and sharing of original material for peer review and critique. Students should have demonstrated competency in the use of the English language. A prerequisite of CRWT 2301 is an absolute requirement. The class will cover all of the basic elements of fiction-writing, and it will proceed as a combination lecture/workshop. Students should anticipate a heavy reading/writing schedule and a required attendance policy.

Required Texts:

Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern (any edition)
Ron Carlson Writes a Story, by Ron Carlson
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, edited by Tobias Wolff (1st Edition)
Refresh, Refresh: Stories, by Benjamin Percy

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

You will turn in the following assignments over the next 16 weeks, all typed, double-spaced, stapled, using Times New Roman 12 pt. font:

1. Three original short stories between 2500 and 5000 words each.
2. Revision of your strongest story due at the end of the semester (Monday, 12/8).
3. One-page critical reading response ("Critique") for all student stories submitted to workshop. Roughly 500 words each.

As this class operates as a workshop, you will also be required to participate in class each week.

Final Grade Breakdown:

30% Three Original Short Stories (each story 2500 to 5000 words in length)
30% Class Participation: I keep track of who participates in class and contributes to discussion in a meaningful way.
30% Written Critiques
10% Quizzes on assigned reading material

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