WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2020-2021       Summer Session       Winter Session       Home       Archive       Search
Special Topic: The Power of Mystery: Writing Crime and Noir Fiction

ENGL 265
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Writing Certificate

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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ENGL296
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on JUN-17-2024
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459