ENGL498 - Advanced Fiction Workshop: Advanced Fiction Workshop

The purpose of this course is to develop your skills as a writer and reader of fiction. To this end, you will complete background readings on the craft of fiction and weekly writing exercises to help you generate ideas for your fiction. You’ll read stories by some great modern and contemporary writers that will show us some ways to make a story moving, funny, compelling, enlightening and memorable. You’ll write two complete, original stories, which you’ll submit to be read and discussed by your classmates in workshop. Finally, you’ll revise your workshop stories to submit in a portfolio at the end of the semester.
Over the course of the semester we will focus on how language operates to build a story from the incremental level of the sentence, to the paragraph, to the larger structures that organize a work of fiction. We will emphasize the importance of becoming conscious and deliberate about all these aspects of fictional craft to your development as a writer. Connected to this, we will pay close attention to the strategies that we encounter in our background readings: how do other writers work to create the effects they desire in their stories? What choices are they making on the page that shape our experience as readers? How can we take what we find in the work of other writers and make it our own?

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Formerly: ENGL496.


ENGL352; or permission of ARHU-English department.