English 143A

Short Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2011 Chandra, Vikram
Chandra, Vikram
MW 12-1:30 301 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Furman, L.: PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011: The Best Stories of the Year


A short fiction workshop. Over the course of the semester, each student will write and revise two stories. Each participant in the workshop will edit student-written stories, and will write a formal critique of each manuscript. Students are required to attend two literary readings over the course of the semester, and write a short report about each reading they attend. Students will also take part in online discussions about fiction. Attendance is mandatory.

Throughout the semester, we will read published stories from various sources, and also essays by working writers about fiction and the writing life. The intent of the course is to have the students engage with the problems faced by writers of fiction, and discover the techniques that enable writers to construct a convincing representation of reality on the page.

To be considered for admission to this course, please submit 10 photocopied pages of your original fiction writing, along with an application form, to Professor Chandra's mailbox in 322 Wheeler BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 19th, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!

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