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Advanced Fiction Writing

ENGL 115.302

This is a workshop in which students will be required to write forty pages of fiction--short stories or the beginning of a novel or a novella--and submit some part of it for publication. Through first drafts and much rewriting, students will learn techniques for plotting, building characters and how to avoid common errors. Through discussion of each others' work, students will help one another learn how to accomplish the two phases of creating serious fiction: the deep, almost abandoned, involvement in turning experience into words, followed by a more distanced and objective evaluating and revising. Students interested in the course should submit writing samples to Lorene Cary at

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