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English: Reading & Writing Short Fictio

ENGS 114 OL1 (CRN: 61560)

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: May 21 - June 15, 2018 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 will invite you to learn more about the world of the short story from contemporary U.S. writers 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 our online class complete drafts for peer workshopping. Instead, this course will feature lots of reading, lots of discussion, and lots of fiction-writing 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

I will post readings to Blackboard, so there is no book to purchase for this course. For this online course you will need a reliable internet connection, an ability to check into the course at least once during each class-meeting day, and substantial time--at least twelve solid hours each week--for a semester's worth of work in just four weeks' time. (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.)


For on-time and quality completion of all discussion board posts and assignments, you will accumulate up to 100 points: Discussion Posts (5 points each) = 40 possible points Craft Experiments (10 points each) = 30 possible points Capstone Draft Workshop = 10 possible points Capstone Assignment = 20 possible points




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