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Advanced Fiction Writing

ENGL 115.601
M 6:00-8:40

This workshop is designed for those who are initiating, completing or recasting short stories, a novel, novella, or short story collection. The emphasis is on implementing and focusing on a project, on inherent writing ability, and on experience/aptitude for critique-discussion and the workshop method. A short work sample is required -- a fragment, short story, sample chapter, or project description will do. While not required for post-baccalaureate CGS students, English 112--or its equivalent-- is a prerequisite for undergraduates, particularly writing concentration majors. The course provides critique/discussion of work by class members, suggestions for revision, review of problems of craft and of questions that arise about fiction writing and the literary trade. Topics sure to be addressed include style, structure, story purpose and story line, complications of plot, character development, the use of dialogue, and nararrative devices and solutions as they arise in individual works. Individual conferences for one-on-one discussion of work is an important component of the course and can be arranged on Mondays and Tuesdays. Class is limited to 12-15 people. Manuscripts should be addressed to and sent to or left in the English Department, 119 Bennett Hall, 34th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 10104. A limited numbed of undergraduates can be admitted during pre-registration (November 3-16) and through Reading Days (December 9-11). Any time after that will be class space permitting. CGS students will have special consideration throughout the registration process. Please include name, SS#, undergraduate class or post-graduate status, and a telephone number where you can be reached. A permit from the instructor is required.

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