Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Denker, Patrick
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 is a creative workshop in which students will explore and experiment with a variety of techniques, genres and objectives that the work of short fictional prose has utilized in the past 2000 years.

Ludwig Wittgenstein said that "To understand a language is to understand a life-form." The same is true of writing; thus, while studying elements of the craft of creative writing, we'll dash through a history of it, from ancient mythology to postmodernism. This should help us see our own writing in its historical context while simultaneously fueling our thinking and provoking our imagination.

CRWT 2301 is a prerequisite for this course.

Required Texts:

Required: weekly readings (handout, e-text)
Recommended: Charles van Doren's *A History of Knowledge*

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly short readings and short writing experiments. A conservative amount of weekly commenting on peer work. Final portfolio.

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