A course that teaches the fundamentals of fiction writing, and includes a mixture of reading and writing assignments. The goal is for each student to produce two short stories possessing imaginative ingenuity, structural integrity, and literary merit by the end of the semester.
ENGL 301: Introduction to Fiction Writing
Mondays 5-7:50 WSC 146
Instructor: Schimmel, Ian
This class will devote itself to the study of fiction writing, specifically the short story form. By looking to other writers as models, you will learn how to craft your own imaginative, well-written narratives. In many ways, this class will operate much like an artists’ studio. You will practice the art of fiction as much as you will study it. You will be throwing paint on the canvass, making mistakes, and getting messy. You will work with different literary techniques and styles to explore and hone your own craft. This growth will come about through experimentation and sharing of your personal work, and by studying and reflecting on the work of masters as well as that of your peers’. Through this course you will become a more active and involved reader, a more careful and skilled writer, and ultimately, a clearer participant in your own life. You will enhance your ability to criticize your own work and understand how to refine your art to better meet the demands of your peers, and yourself. You will learn how to balance the acts of imagination necessary for generating ideas with the formal discipline needed to realize your artistic ambitions. The ultimate goal of this course is for you to write as deeply and thoughtfully and imaginatively as you can.
Enrollment is limited