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Shawn H Wong
ENGL 384
Seattle Campus

The Craft of Prose

Intensive study of various aspects of the craft of fiction or creative nonfiction. Readings in contemporary prose and writing using emulation and imitation. Prerequisite: ENGL 283; ENGL 284.

Class description

This is fiction and/or creative non-fiction writing class, which means that the bulk of the responsibility for the success of this class is based on the writing students produce for the class and the critique of the writing done by their classmates.

The goal of the class is to prepare students for more independent writing, self-critique, and more advanced levels of fiction writing. The focus on the writing is centered more on revision and understanding craft than producing “publishable” fiction.

Student learning goals

Students will learn how to craft a well-written story.

How to construct a three-act story structure.

How to develop character and what in that character compels action.

How to critique and edit a story.

How to revise a work of prose effectively.

How to work collaboratively even though writing is a solitary process.

General method of instruction

Class discussion, workshop structure, peer review, and small group discussion,

Recommended preparation

Students should have taken ENGL 284

Class assignments and grading

Assignment include not only writing original stories, but also reading the work of fellow classmates and completing selected writing exercises.

75% of the grade is based on completing the writing assignments and completing the reading for the class. 20% of the grade is based on participating in class discussion and peer review groups. 5% of the grade is based on the quality, effort, and originality of the student's writing.

No grades are given out during the quarter.


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.
Last Update by Shawn H Wong
Date: 02/08/2014