W301 16095 WRITING FICTION
1:00p-2:15p MW (15 students) 3 cr. PREREQUISITE: W103 or W203 (or equivalent). Section requires permission of instructor.
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, the Creative Writing Secretary in BH 442 will issue you an on-line authorization.
Texts: The Habit of Art: Best Stories from the Indiana University Fiction Workshop, ed. Tony Ardizzone; Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction; Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird.