|Semester and Year||SP 2013|
|Time||6:20 PM - 9:00 PM|
Prerequisite WRTNG-UG 1550 or CRWRI-UA 815 or CRWRI-UA 816 or CRWRI-UA 820 or permission of instructor. Students may take Advanced Fiction Writing two times.
The aim of this course is to fathom why fiction works when it works, and why it doesn’t when it doesn’t. We attempt to teach ourselves to read like writers, so we can learn from those who have come before, so we can began to write like writers. We engage all the elements that give a fiction a chance at success--obsession, seduction, evoking of the senses, the removal of filters, scene and summary, theatre of the mind, et cetera. Students—and the teacher—will turn in three first drafts of fiction, each 10-14 pages long, to be critiqued in a workshop setting. The critiques are rigorous but constructive; no nastiness allowed. We also complete short, extemporaneous, writing exercises. Readings taken from The New Yorker, Zoetrope , and others.
Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)