Fiction Workshop

This fiction
workshop will familiarize students with a range of styles and forms of fiction,
and encourage them to start developing a personal aesthetic for what makes a
piece of fiction writing “successful.” A mix of assigned exercises and free
writing allow students to hone craft while experimenting with style and form.
Our readings will also help students define the elements of fiction, and how
they function.

In a
workshop setting, the attentiveness and thoughtfulness of the peer group is
essential; therefore, attendance and participation are reflected in the course
grade. Each week, expect to read and discuss selections from Narrative
Design: A Writer’s Guide to Structure
, as well 1-2 published stories, and
peer work. In addition to shorter weekly assignments, students are expected to
workshop three stories over the course of the semester.



Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories
Since 1970

Lex Williford (Editor), Michael Martone (Editor)

Publisher: Touchstone; 2nd edition (December
4, 2007)

ISBN-10: 1416532277

ISBN-13: 978-1416532279


Design: A Writer’s Guide to Structure

Smartt Bell

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (January

ISBN-10: 0393971236

ISBN-13: 978-0393971231