351: Creative Writing: Prose
Hours: TTh 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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This is a course
in creative writing focusing on short fiction. Ideally, you have taken
English 251 or a similar introductory course in creative writing where
you learned about characterization, plot, dialogue, image, and setting.
This course will give you opportunities to hone those concepts as well
as develop a deeper understanding of style. Learning to write requires
close, critical reading so this course involves reading the work of
professionals to learn the "tricks of the trade." You will also read
the writing of your peers in preparation for whole-class workshops.
Obviously, you will also write a great deal, both individually and as a
group. To get the most from this course you are required to attend
class consistently and be prepared to participate honestly and fully.
Method and Madness
- A writing journal
- A three-ring
week I will assign
you a participation grade that reflects how involved you are in the
includes being prepared (bringing your books, journals, and a three
binder with class readings) as well as participating in discussion.
Your participation grade will be the average of these
grades. Please note: I pay
attention to those who come to class prepared and those who do not.
I will ask you to complete a writing prompt; other times you will have
to prepare work for a writing
workshop. Please make sure to read our schedule carefully and turn in
due. Please note: All
homework must be typed, unless others specified. I will not accept late
student will prepare a short piece of fiction (8-12 pages) for
class workshop. We will discuss these pieces as a class in order to
help one another see our work more clearly. About half of your workshop
grade depends on signing up for a workshop and having your work
prepared when it is due; this includes making enough copies of your
story for the entire class. The other half depends on your workshop
attendance and participation; you are required to read all of the
workshop pieces and prepare for all workshop discussions. I will hand
out a sign-up sheet for this workshop early on in the
must type your
story for workshop and hand it in on time to complete credit for this
(or rewriting) is a
major part of the writing process; creative writing is no exception.
I expect to see you progress as a fiction writer in this class. The
best way to
this progression is through your portfolio which you will hand in at
the end of
the semester. In order for me to see your transformation,
provide a sample of work along
with any rough drafts
and a reflection letter. This letter is perhaps the most
the portfolio; you will have to explain your revision process,
your knowledge of craft, and
your vision as a
fiction writer in 4-6 pages.
the portfolio is considered the final
for our class. In order to receive credit, you will need to
it in during our exam time when it is due (see schedule
amount of group
collaboration, attendance for this class is crucial. Students are
unexcused absences without penalty. For each of the next three
absences, I will deduct 5% of the final grade. After six absences,
will receive an F in the course. Every three tardies equals an absence.
assume that every absence has a good reason; please to not email to let
the reason for your absence.
with Disabilities: Reasonable
accommodations are available for students with a documented
disability. If you have a disability and may need accommodations to
participate in this class, please visit the Disability Resource Center
All accommodations MUST be approved through the DRC (Washington
217). Please stop by or call 509-335-3417 to make an appointment with a