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English: Reading & Writing Short Fictio

ENGS 114 OL1 (CRN: 61874)

3 Credit Hours

About ENGS 114 OL1

Topics vary by semester and professor. Representative topics: Writing Literary Criticism; Reading and Writing Autobiography; Literary Journalism. Prerequisites: ENGS 050, ENGS 051, or ENGS 053; minimum Sophomore standing. May repeat for credit with different content.



Dates: Dates: May 22 - June 16, 2017 Pre/co-requisite: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096

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Section Description

Do you love to read contemporary short fiction—but don’t have much experience writing short stories? Do you love writing fiction—but haven’t read much short fiction by contemporary authors? Whatever your experience with reading and writing short fiction, this course is for you if you’d like to learn more about the world of the short story from writers like Junot Diaz, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Karen Russell while also developing, through exercises and reflection, your own fiction-writing vision and voice. In contrast with the traditional fiction workshop (with its focus on manuscript critique), you won’t bring to this class complete drafts for peer workshopping. Instead, this course will feature lots of reading, lots of discussion, and lots of exercises so you can learn how the stories we read achieve their power and so you can try your hand at new approaches to the craft of fiction writing too.

Section Expectation

You’ll need a copy of Best American Short Stories 2016, ed. by Junot Diaz, available in the UVM Bookstore and through online booksellers. For this online course you will also need a reliable internet connection and an ability to check into the course at least once during each class-meeting day. (So long as you meet the 11:59 pm due dates, you can check into the course and complete each day’s assignment any time that works for your schedule.) Written assignments will include discussion board posts, short craft analyses and craft experiments, and your choice of an analytic or creative capstone project.




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