Special Topic: Writing Crime and Noir Fiction
Fall 2022 not offered
Crime fiction, in its many incarnations, is perhaps the most popular and widely-read genre in the world. In this class, we'll examine why mystery is such an effective tool for engaging readers and how we can use it to create our own powerful fiction, be it detective, cozy, clue-puzzle, or noir fiction. We will read and discuss several stories and short novels that serve as examples of the form. We'll also explore the elements and expectations of the different sub-genres through writing exercises and short assignments that will culminate in the final project, a novelette that centers on a mystery.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion
|Grading Mode: Student Option
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
James M. Cain, DOUBLE INDEMNITY
Benjamin Percy, THRILL ME
Additional authors to include Doyle, Poe, and Christie among others.
|Examinations and Assignments:
Weekly Journals, Writing Exercises, Novelette-length Story
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing of fiction such as Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics courses. Students who haven't taken ENGL296-Techniques of Fiction can request a prerequisite override for instructor approval.
Classes of '21 and '22: This course contributes to the Creative Writing and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
Class of '23 and beyond: This course fulfills the Creative Writing requirement of the English major and counts as a Special Topics course for the Creative Writing path.
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