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