|F 1:30 - 4:00||
This course is an introduction to the techniques and strategies of fiction writing, with particular emphasis on the short story. Weekly reading assignments will include both anthologized stories and student-generated ones. Students will be asked to complete a short exercise, a brief critical essay, and two full-length stories, each extensively revised twice. Two conferences with the instructor will be required, and there will be ample opportunity for further optional ones.
The class will be conducted as a combined seminar/workshop in which students will read and discuss one another’s work. Students who shrink from class participation and/or courteous critical engagement of their writing are advised to reconsider their interest in this course. Similarly, students whose attendance from 1:30 to 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday may be compromised by different commitments, athletic or otherwise, are regretfully discouraged from applying.
If you are interested in taking the course, please submit a two to five-page sample of your best prose fiction to Professor Solomon of English, Woodside Cottage 101, by December 18th (the sample may be excerpted from a longer piece of writing). Be sure to label the sample with your name, college, year, and campus mailing address. A letter regarding your standing in the course will be in campus mail on your return in January.
*Enrollment is limited to 15 students.