English 100FA - Spring, 2017

Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction

Class Information

Instructor: Townsend, Jacinda
Time: M 6:10-9:00
Location: 126 Voorhies

Description

    This course presumes your familiarity with the basic elements of fiction, and your readiness to see your work through to the next stage of mastery.  The best learning is doing, and this semester, we will help one another become better writers by workshopping pieces each week.  We will also use two texts to help us develop a conversation about craft.

Grading

    A quarter of your grade will come from each of the following areas:

    1) Participation--during workshop, you will be expected to offer your classmates much in the way of meaningful constructive criticism--we are here to help one another become better writers. 
    2) Workshop Pieces--everyone will turn in two pieces to be workshopped. 
    3) Exams--there will be two exams, covering the stories in Best American. 
    4) Final Revision--one of the two forementioned pieces will be revised for your final. 

Texts

    The Best American Short Stories 2013, Elizabeth Strout
    This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz