English | Advanced Fiction Writing
W401 | 2141 | Miller
3:35p-6:05p M (15) 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: W301 (OR EQUIVALENT) AND A STRONG INTEREST IN WRITING
FICTION. ABOVE SECTION REQUIRES PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. OBTAIN
AUTHORIZATION FROM BH442.
This is an advanced fiction writing workshop, open to all interested
applicants who have successfully completed either W301 (or the
equivalent) with at least a B, and have a sincere interest in
learning to write fiction.
To apply, please submit the following information and materials in a
manila envelope to my mailbox (Alyce Miller) in BH 442:
1. Twenty pages (no more) of what you consider your best or most
interesting fiction (double-spaced, standard manuscript format,
2. A brief letter telling me a little about yourself. Please
identify who your AI was in W103 or W203, what grade you received,
and a little about your reasons for wanting to take this class.
3. Include a current email address where you can be reached, as well
as your name and local address on the manila envelope. Please write
the words Application to W401 on the envelope.
4. Students are admitted as they apply, so get your applications in
as early as possible.
Course goals and requirements: Regular attendance, preparation,
commitment to a community of writers, willingness to give and
receive constructive criticism. Expect to read and discuss selected
works of contemporary fiction that represent a wide range; write and
show in workshop approximately 35-40 pages of new creative work (two
to three short stories) written during the course of the semester;
revise and complete at least one story of length; write weekly
critiques of peer work (approximately 30-40 pages all semester); and
contribute actively and substantively in class. We will explore
issues of aesthetics, narrative, world view, and ideas, as well as
focus on technique and craft.
Required pre-class reading: Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway. We
will not use this book in class, but I will assume you’ve read it
and are familiar with basic terms, ideas, and the stories in the
You will be graded according to the quality and quantity of work
submitted, active class participation, preparation and regular
attendance. All of the above are essential to your success in the
class. You will be expected to adopt a regular writing schedule, and
dedicate a good amount of time outside of class to your writing.