English 100F-1 - Fall, 2022

Creative Writing: Fiction

Class Information

Instructor: Corin, Lucy
Time: TR 4:40-6:00
Location: 248 Voorhies


Admission to the course is by application. All readings will be provided via PDF, MSword doc, or link.
This is a creative writing course that will introduce students to primary elements of literary practice and craft. You should love short stories, because we will be reading and writing short stories (not novels, though working in short form teaches you a lot about working in other forms). And you should love literary fiction which means whether you are writing about real or wholly imagined things, about young people or old people, animals or vegetables you are writing in the spirit of making something of lasting beauty and significance (even if we are all beginners for the rest of our lives).

You'll be exposed to thinking about elements of craft like scene and summary, the role of physical detail, the nuance of point of view, creation of character, control of time, etc. but this quarter I want to focus on generating "heat" in your writing-- setting aside your preconceptions about producing a finished product in favor of finding your way, through language, to your own strongest, most vital material.


Grading will be contract based.