Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Watkins, LaToya
Discipline and Number
CRWT 3307 Section HN1
M Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Creating Short Stories

Description of Course:

This course will proceed in a studio format, combining lecture/discussion with the peer-workshop motif, focusing on individual, original work. The class will focus on the traditional tools used to create short fiction and take a step-by-step approach to understanding character, plot, narration and structure. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals of storytelling, including point of view and establishing a narrative voice. The primary focus of the course will be on student writing. Students will read selected stories that will serve as examples or models from contemporary and modern literature. Students will be encouraged to be experimental and iconoclastic in their own writing.

Although the prerequisite for this course is waved for CV students, all participants are expected to be competent in reading and writing in the English language.

Required Texts:

Narrative Design by Madison Smartt Bell

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th edition, Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be expected to produce two original short stories, oral and written critiques, and one short story revision. Because the success of this course requires active participation from each member of the class, overall evaluation will be based on participation, written response, and the quality of the submitted stories. Other assignments include frequent in-class activities and the maintenance of a journal.

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