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Shawn H Wong
ENGL 484
Seattle Campus

Advanced Prose Workshop

Intensive prose workshop. Emphasis on the production and discussion of student fiction and/or creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 383; ENGL 384.

Class description

This is an advanced prose/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 such as the examination of various narrative strategies and genre flexibility. The focus on the writing is centered more on revision and understanding craft that may lead to producing publishable fiction.

The class will also prepare students for submitting work for entry into graduate MFA creative writing programs.

Student learning goals

Complex story structure

Techniques for revision and editing of written material

Development of major and "clone" characters

Scene structure as it relates to overall story structure

How characters define action in a story

Independent critique and editing of student's own work as well as the work of others

General method of instruction

Class discussion and workshop style approach

Recommended preparation

Students must have taken ENGL 284 and 384

Class assignments and grading

Student produce original work of fiction/prose for the class and all reading material is solely the work of the students in class.

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