Fiction Writing I, section 3
Rockefeller Library, A9
Instructor: Diana George
Office: 68 1/2 Brown, Room 304. Phone: 863-9406. Office
This is an immersion course in the writing of fiction.
The goals of the course are for you to:
- Develop your prose fiction style(s).
- Risk failure (aesthetic failure, not failing-the-course failure).
- Write every day. Build a writing practice you can sustain long after this semester.
- Write stories.
During a typical week, you can expect to:
- Read a novel, and discuss it in class.
- Write two or more writing assignments, which you’ll hand in to me.
- Read your work aloud.
- Keep a daily journal that is not a diary.
- Bring in a sample your
favorite writer, and teach a few of your classmates about it.
In the course of the semester, you will:
- Turn in a portfolio of all your work at mid-semester.
- Turn in a chapbook of your selected works at the end of the semester, last day of class.
- Write at least one long, revised story. “Long" means at least 10 pages, minimum.
- Give the kind of thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent
feedback you yourself would like to receive. We’re all here to take
risks with new voices and styles.
- Hang onto your syllabus.
- Attend regularly. Two absences jeopardize your passing the class.
Get to the know the course web site. Visit it
- Anton Chekhov, The Essential Tales of Chekhov.
- J.M. Coetzee, Dusklands.
- Janet Frame, Scented
Gardens for the Blind.
- John Keene, Annotations.
- Dambudzo Marechera,
- James Purdy, I Am Elijah
- Marie Redonnet, Nevermore.
- Course packet at Allegra.
- Double-space your written work.
- Use page numbers.