Fiction Writing

Michael W. Cox, Fiction Writing, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course introduces students to aspects of prose fiction—plot, point of view, characterization, conflict, etc. Students may write exercises on these aspects of fiction, or write one or more short stories and revise frequently. Students will also read representative stories and explore their use of particular fictional techniques. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Art and Craft of Fiction, by Michael Kardos

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Michael W. Cox, Fiction Writing, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course introduces students to aspects of prose fiction—plot, point of view, characterization, conflict, etc. Students may write exercises on these aspects of fiction, or write one or more short stories and revise frequently. Students will also read representative stories and explore their use of particular fictional techniques. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Art and Craft of Fiction, by Michael Kardos

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Fiction Writing, Spring 2013

Course Description

This course introduces students to aspects of prose fiction—plot, point of view, characterization, conflict, etc. Students may write exercises on these aspects of fiction, or write one or more short stories and revise frequently. Students will also read representative stories and explore their use of particular fictional techniques. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (Tobias Wolff, editor)
-Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular, Rust Hills

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Michael W. Cox, Fiction Writing, Spring 2014

Course Description:

This course introduces students to aspects of prose fiction—plot, point of view, characterization, conflict, etc. Students may write exercises on these aspects of fiction, or write one or more short stories and revise frequently. Students will also read representative stories and explore their use of particular fictional techniques. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son, and Raymond Carver's Where I'm Calling From. A recommended text is Strunk and White's classic, The Elements of Style. Another is David Starkey’s Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief—read or review chapters and terms as the need arises.

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