Intro to Lit: CW (Short Story)

This course will focus on reading and writing the short
story from the perspective of craft. We will learn to ask questions about the
import of imaginative literature and to study the basic elements of the short
story, such as character, point of view, dialogue, plot, etc. Our goals will be (1) to learn about
writing techniques and craft in short stories; (2) to learn how to ask good,
meaningful questions, particularly those that arise when we read closely and
experience these short stories; (3) to develop textual analyses that help us
understand how the stories provoke ethical questions for us; (4) to write a
short story.

NOTE: This course is NOT a workshop, and we
will spend about 12 of the 16 weeks developing an understanding of narrative
technique and analyzing published short stories. We will have a workshop
component on students’ short stories during the final four weeks, and the final
assignment will be a short story, along with an analysis of your use of
narrative technique.

Course Texts:

Art of Fiction by David Lodge (available at Revolution Books)

Course Reader (available at Professional Image


The course will include a mid-term exploratory essay, a
completed and revised short story, analysis of that short story, reading
response blogs, writing exercises, quizzes, peer review, in-class and online
participation, etc.