English | The Craft of Fiction
W381 | 16386 | Bob Bledsoe
W381 16386 THE CRAFT OF FICTION
PREREQUISITE: W203, W301, or permission of the instructor.
4:00p-5:15p TR (25 students) 3 cr.
This course will focus on the most important elements of craft in
fiction. Using a variety of published work: short stories, a few
short graphic novels, and Zadie Smith's The Book of Other People, we
will examine characterization, point of view, language, and
We will focus on reading like writers, examining both the content
and the technique--how do they do that?!--writers employ to create
their fiction. We will also write a series of short "prompts,"
exercises intended to stimulate new writing. Our goal will always
be to push our understanding of fiction writing and encourage each
other in class discussions.
Students should submit a brief email "cover letter" (it shouldn't be
more than a paragraph or so) outlining previous writing courses as
well as your interest in this course in particular, along with 10-
20 pages of what you consider to be your best writing. Ideally,
this should be a "finished" story, not a fragment; something with a
beginning, middle, and an end, but I will surely consider whatever
you'd like to send. Please be sure to include your name, student
id#, phone number in your email. (I ask for this information so the
creative writing secretary can clear you in the system for
I look forward to your materials and to an exciting course.
Please send your materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org