English | Advanced Fiction Writing
W401 | 1892 | Ardizzone


2:30p-3:45p TR (15) 3 cr.

PREREQUISITE: W301 OR EQUIVALENT. 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 this advanced workshop are twofold: 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 two short stories, or chapters from
longer works-in-progress such as a novella or a novel, for a total
of approximately 45-50 pages, students will read, critique, and
discuss one another's creative work.  The class will also read two
craft-oriented texts, a collection of short stories (to be
determined later), and discuss working habits and the creative
writing process.

Students interested in this class should submit 15-20 pages of
fiction along with a list of their previous creative writing classes
(include instructor's name and course grade) 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).  As soon as you are admitted,
request an authorization to register from the Creative Writing
Secretary or the Undergraduate Secretary in BH 442.


Texts:   The Art of Fiction, John Gardner
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
a collection of short stories, to be determined