Fall 2015 - 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. Elements of short fiction such as plot, character, setting, tone, and dialogue will be discussed in lecture and open forum. Students will actively engage in the production and evaluation of each other's original work, with an eye toward publication of their work in national journals, reviews, and anthologies. We will also Skype with authors and have in-class visits from prominent literary journal editors.
An integral part of this class will be predicated on each student bringing before the group a substantial amount of original fiction. Students should be prepared to write a minimum of three and a maximum of five short stories during the term, including at least one suitable for submission to a publisher. Students must be ready to receive and digest constructive criticism/opinion about their work. It is in the beginning writer's best interest to understand how others read and understand their work; however, this does not mean we will attempt to conform or mold writing to meet reader's expectations. We will discuss guidelines and rules for workshop interaction.
Considerable distribution of original work will be required. Students should be prepared to photocopy and distribute all original work. Electronic distribution is not a viable option. Stories written previous to this course will not be accepted to fulfill the requirements of this course.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Considerable distribution of original work will be required. Students should be prepared to photocopy and distribute all original work. Electronic distribution is not a viable option.
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.
Special Note: This class will require 100% attendance and full participation.