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Emily W Porter
ENGL 284
Seattle Campus

Beginning Short Story Writing

Introduction to the theory and practice of writing the short story.

Class description

English 284 is an intensive, daily exploration of the art of writing short fiction. Through the reading of classic short stories, the creation of our own original pieces, and active explorations of Seattle in the summertime, we will be learning how to see the world through the eyes of a writer and mine it for its creative possibilities. The course will explore such fundamental topics in short story writing as plot, character, setting, dialogue, theme, metaphor, image, and point of view. Small group workshops will illuminate the relationship between readers and writers and will allow us to ask questions of our stories and our own writing process, opening possibilities for future creation and revision beyond the limitations of the class.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

An interest in writing and reading and an active, open mind are the only requirements necessary.

Class assignments and grading

Daily reading of one canonical short story; short writing exercises and at least one longer short story; written feedback upon peer work.

Grades will be assessed through a final, comprehensive portfolio of work completed over the course of the class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Emily W Porter
Date: 04/25/2007