THE COURSE WORKS
in this course will be structured as follows. During each week,
students will be asked to accomplish three main tasks at home: 1) an
assigned reading of a published work (usually a short story or novel
extract) that will be discussed in class; 2) regular journal entries;
and 3) a short, take-home writing assignment, to be read aloud by the
student, in the following week’s class. Throughout the period
that the course takes place, each students is also encouraged to work
on a longer, on-going work of fiction. As these progress,
portions or drafts of them may be featured in part during one of the
weekly sessions. The final class session will also focus upon
each class session after the first week, two students will be
pre-assigned to present (i.e. read to the class) a written critique of
the assigned reading. (click
here for suggested guidelines).
Students will also be given the opportunity to discuss what they are
doing in their journal work, although the reading of journal entries
will not be required.
addition to the above, each week's class session will focus upon a
separate aspect or element of fiction writing that will be the topic of
a brief 'lecture' and discussion. Also, the assigned
written exercise from the previous week will be discussed.
the fourth or the fifth week, the class will also feature a discussion
of the longer work of two or three different volunteer students (each
week), whose work will be pre-distributed during the preceding week, so
that students can read it prior to coming to class.
times, brief in-class exercises will also be incorporated into class
assigned exercises will not be collected. However, students
seeking occasional feedback are welcome to submit them or to submit
brief selections from their on-going work for review by the instructors.
a private Yahoo discussion group website shall be set up, so that
students in this class may 1) upload and download written selections
that are to be pre-distributed, 2) share and discuss on line their work
between and among each other, 3) seek and obtain feedback from each