Introduction to Fiction Writing
This course is a workshop-style seminar that introduces students to the elements of fiction writing. The course begins with exercises emphasizing various aspects of fiction: place, dialogue, character. Students then write a story based on a situation suggested by the instructor. Later they devise and revise a work of their own. The course assumes a basic English writing competence. It is not a composition course. An important goal is developing the sense of an audience. The course also requires a mature approach to offering and receiving criticism. Prerequisite: submission of writing sample and permission of the instructor. Check with the English department administrative assistant for submission deadlines. Offered annually in multiple sections.