English 43A

Introduction to the Writing of Short Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Chandra, Vikram
TTh 11-12:30 301 Wheeler

Book List

Furman, Laura: The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012

Other Readings and Media

A course reader, to be purchased from Zee Zee Copy.


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 confront the problems faced by writers of fiction, and to discover the techniques that enable writers to construct a convincing and engaging representation of reality on the page.

To be considered for admission to this class, please submit a writing sample (ten pages or less, double-spaced) of fiction you have written, along with an application form, to Vikram Chandra's mailbox in 322 Wheeler Hall, BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17, AT THE LATEST

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

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