Spring 2017 Topic Seminar: CWRT 365, Intermediate Fiction Workshop

Spring 2017 Topic Seminar: CWRT 365, Intermediate Fiction Workshop

Spring 2017 Topic Seminar: CWRT 365: Intermediate Fiction Workshop, Paul Jaskunas, Tuesday 9-11:45am, B430

This seminar is about telling stories, an ancient and necessary art. We will improve our story telling through practice. In addition to crafting literary short stories, we will experiment with an older form, the fairy tale. As we read and write a variety of fictions, we will ask questions of a practical and theoretical nature: What do stories do for us?  What makes a story entertaining?  And how can we create memorable characters, scenes, and settings?  This workshop is for students who have taken Creative Writing 209 (Genre Experiments) or a comparable course. By the end of the semester, students will have completed six stories in response to as many prompts.  They will have read numerous stories by a variety of authors, living and dead, as well as theoretical writing about fiction. Students should come away with a more sophisticated understanding of how to launch characters, develop plot, establish setting, and progress from idea to story.  More generally, they should acquire greater appreciation for language as an inexhaustible medium of experimentation and play.

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