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Writing Short Fiction
COL 201
Spring 2009
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

In this creative writing course, students will analyze narrative techniques of masters of the short story such as Anton Chekov, William Faulkner, E.P. Jones, Octavia Butler, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortazar, Richard Bausch, Patricia Highsmith, J.D. Salinger, Bernard Malamud, Alice Munro and Flannery O'Connor. This course focuses on character, plot and suspense: students will study methods of constructing vivid primary and secondary characters; story structure and its relation to suspense; various ways to plot and pace stories; and methods for creating narrative tension in short fiction. Students also will examine problems related to perspective and psychic distance in third- and first-person narratives; explore sophisticated narrative techniques involving parallel and non-chronological plots; and study ways of creating mood in fiction. After writing original stories employing narrative techniques learned in class, students will share their fiction in workshops. Paula Sharp is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Reading and writing.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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