English | Introduction to Fiction
L204 | 0248 | Huntsman

8:55a-10:10a D (25) 3 cr.


The purpose of this course, designed for non-majors and carrying COAS intensive writing credit, is to introduce you to a variety of fictional genres, and to help you learn to write better about them (and other things). We will look very explicitly at how writers write, and why. Most of the short pieces of fiction (including work by Kafka, Faulkner, Hemingway, Updike, Mason, and Joyce) will come from a single collection, but we will also read a few novels. In addition to almost daily in-class exercises, you will write two or three longer papers which you will be asked to revise and resubmit, because only by re-writing can you learn to write better. There will also be a final examination, which is cover the content of the readings as well as the processes of reading and writing.

The reading list has not yet been finalized, but the following is a possibility: Charters, The Story and its Writer
Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent
Capote, In Cold Blood
LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness
Walker, The Color Purple