English 5F - Summer Sessions II, 2019

Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction

Class Information

Instructor: Row, Ryan
CRN: 71521
Time: MTWR 12:10-1:50
Location: 110 Hunt


    English 5F is an introductory fiction writing course. Emphasis in this course will be on understanding and applying foundational techniques of literary fiction writing, including characterization, detail, point of view, plot, dialog, setting, and revision. Essays on these craft elements, paired with short story readings, will allow you to develop a working craft vocabulary and a sense of methodology, while writing exercises inspired and directed by these readings and more open, complete short story writing assignments will allow you to apply them. Finally, through discussions of published works and peer works-in-progress, you will practice locating and articulating these foundational elements of craft to deepen your understanding of them in your own work.


    Writing Exercises 20%
    Short Story 20%
    Manuscript Critiques 10%
    Class Participation and Engagement 25%
    Quizzes 10%
    Final Revision/Portfolio 15%


    The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing, Alice LaPlante