English | Advanced Fiction Writing
W401 | 7001 | Bob Bledsoe
W401 ADVANCED FICTION WRITING
PREREQUISITE: W301. Requires permission of the instructor.
7001 - 2:30p-3:45p TR (15 students) 3 cr.
In addition to following the traditional fiction workshop structure,
W401 will begin with a fair amount of additional reading—short
stories (and perhaps a novel) by those considered masters of the
genre. We will also take a look at several craft books. I will
expect you to put your analytical skills to use in reading like a
writer and taking stories apart according to their craft elements.
I will ask you to write a few short creative assignments, and
analytical essays in addition to writing two stories to share in
Students should send 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 registration).
I look forward to your materials and to an exciting course.