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Fiction Writing

Semester and Year SP 2016
Course Number WRTNG-UG1550
Section 001
Instructor Lara Vapnyar
Days W
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U


Students may take "Fiction Writing" two times.


This course provides students interested in writing fiction an opportunity to explore (and practice) various forms of fiction in a workshop environment. The main objective of the course is to help students develop their individual styles and voices and to make them aware of the various techniques available to them. We will examine every aspect of the craft of traditional fiction writing: plot, structure, point of view, narrative voice, dialogue, building of individual scenes, etc as well as the new techniques of the digital age: hypertext, self-editing text, visual and audio images, animation. Students will present their own fiction, respond to the writings of others, and pose questions about literature, editing, and publishing. Students will be required to write either two short stories, or a short story and a chapter from a novel, or a short story and several pieces of flash fiction. The reading assignments will include selections from old and contemporary authors such as Chekhov, Borges, Nabokov, Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan.


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Course Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)