Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
An intensive investigation into the theories, aesthetics, and creation of fiction in a workshop environment that will focus both on structure and on creative techniques and creative process involved in producing sophisticated, challenging, and linguistically developed fictions. The course may emphasize the short story.
CRAFTING FICTION IN THEORY AND PRACTICE by Diogenes and Moneyhun (main text)
100 YEARS OF THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES by Lorri Moore and Heidi Pitlor.
MAKING SHAPELY FICTION by Jerome Stern (any edition).
THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Strunk and Whire (any edition).
Short story collection (yet to be decided).
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