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Fiction Writing

Semester and Year FA 2017
Course Number WRTNG-UG1550
Section 001
Instructor Chris Spain
Days T
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U


Students may take "Fiction Writing" two times.


A workshop and introduction to the story writing concepts—theatre of the mind, evoking, thingness, story time, character want, reader want, authorial contracts, consistency—that story writers have used through the ages to accomplish that first and last task of every narrative, the waking of want in the reader to reach for the next page. We will “workshop” student drafts and favorite published fictions. With student work (turned in under deadline and duress) we will concentrate on potential as opposed to measuring drafts against the completed best. As best we can we will focus on "the how" of the craft of fiction as opposed to focusing on "the what" of what a story might have to say. Required materials: open mind, obsession to learn, humbleness mixed with arrogance (it takes a certain arrogance to imagine anyone would want to give up part of their life to read what you have written), a sense to be humored.


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Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)