W301 2047 ARDIZZONE
Writing Fiction

1:00p-2:15p TR (30) 3 cr.

REQUIRES PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR. OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH442.

The basic idea behind this creative writing workshop is that students learn best about writing by writing, by listening to others constructively criticize their work in class, by discussing their work with the instructor in conference, and then by rewriting. The aims of the course are to encourage students to write by providing them with a critical audience, and to help students develop a sound critical sense about their work. In addition to submitting at least three short stories or novel chapters (approximately 40-45 pages), students will read, critique, and discuss each other's creative work as well as the course's texts. The class will discuss working habits and the writing process, examine several examples of contemporary fiction, and learn related aspects of fictional craft and technique.

Students interested in this class should submit 15-20 pages of fiction along with a list of their previous creative writing classes and any other pertinent biographical information to my mailbox in BH 442 at least several days before registration. A list of accepted students will be posted on my office door (BH 529). After you have been approved, contact the Undergraduate Secretary in BH402 for an on-line authorization.

Texts:
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
Writing Fiction, Janet Burroway.
short story collection, to be determined.