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Writing Long Fiction

COL 216
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.
Certificates: Writing

This course focuses on how to write a novella, short novel or short story collection and is designed for juniors and seniors who wish to initiate a long work of fiction, in contemplation of a creative thesis or in lieu of a creative thesis. This course is taught at the most advanced level and has demanding reading and writing requirements. Class lectures and discussions focus on complicated and unusual plotting techniques; complex character development and the elaboration of theme in long works of fiction; the novella form; methods for constructing short novels; and ways of organizing short story collections. While producing new fiction, students will read and analyze novellas, long stories and short novels by Heinrich von Kleist, Anton Chekhov, Wallace Stegner, Sommerset Maugham, Henry James, Roberto Bolano, Julio Cortazar, Jorge Luis Borges, Elizabeth Strout, Richard Bausch and Richard Russo, among others. All students will complete a series of stories, or part of a novella or novel and share their fiction in workshops. Paula Sharp is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. She is Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan's College of Letters and has been a faculty member since 2003.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: COL201
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on MAY-29-2024
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