This course is designed to follow on from
Eng 413. Like 413, it is for fiction writers who are committed to analyzing the
elements of narrative craft, and to developing them in their own work through focused
drafting and workshopping.
During the semester you will write three
short fictions of approximately five, eight and fifteen pages respectively. You
will be encouraged to experiment with your writing voice, and to consider how
your writing reflects, distorts, retells, and is in dialogue with the world
around you and its literatures.
As a class we will read and discuss a range
of important contemporary (mostly) short fictions, some from Hawai`i and it
influencing cultures. In addition, you will choose, in consultation with me,
two book-length works of fiction from your writing area and keep a writer’s journal
on each of these reading projects.
General points: The workshop will be an
integral part of this course, so your continued attendance is vital. As we will
use Laulima for posting and commenting on assignments, you must have regular
access to the internet. Admission to 414 requires Eng 413 prerequisite, or
Required texts: Eng 414 (01) Fiction READER
(available at MaPS printing service on University Ave). Two contemporary works
of fiction of your choice.