English | Writing Fiction
W301 | 2136 | Upadhyay
2:30p-5:00p M (15) 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: W103 OR W203 (OR EQUIVALENT). ABOVE SECTION REQUIRES
PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH 442
The prerequisite for this intermediate fiction writing workshops is
the completion of either W103 or W203. In order to apply, you need
to submit the following: 1. a fiction piece of maximum 20 pages 2. a
1-2 page statement that speaks to your interest in fiction writing:
what motivates you, the authors you admire, what themes you're
interested in tackling in your writing, what craft issues you're
interested in exploring, and so on.
Please submit the material to the Creative Writing Secretary in BH
442, in a clearly marked envelope, at least one week prior to your
registration day. Students will be admitted as they apply, so it's
in your best interest to apply as early as possible. Please contact
the creative writing secretary or the undergraduate secretary to
find out your status, and to get the authorization to register
online if you've been admitted. You must have an authorization
before registering for this course.
This course has basically two components: (1) unleashing your
creativity through guided exercises (2) transforming that creativity
into polished writing that is suitable for publication. You will not
only read and analyze works of writers from the past and the
present, including your own colleagues', but also learn to
articulate your analytical muscles in class discussion. More
importantly, you will produce your own writing (2-3 stories), a
process which will help you understand, experientially, how various
aspects of the story come together to give it organic unity.
We will be reading several books of short stories, representing a
variety of styles and concerns, as well as a book on the craft of
fiction. As this course is run like a workshop, the activities of
writing, critiquing and revising imply participation in workshop
sessions. You will be working in groups throughout the semester,
which means that your active participation is crucial to the well-
being of the entire group. Overall, this will be a stimulating
course, in which you will be consider and reconsider your own
approaches and methods through reading and critiquing and writing.