English 143A

Short Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2017 Serpell, C. Namwali
TTh 11-12:30 107 Mulford

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An online course reader with short stories and craft essays.


This workshop is designed to hone basic elements of the short story: style, voice, perspective, structure, plot, character, and so on. We will read some exceptional short stories in a variety of genres. We will compose and revise 1-3 short stories (30 pages total) over the course of the semester. We will comment on each other’s writing in progress; learn to perform a reading; and complete short assignments involving the practical matters of a writing career.

Only continuing UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply for this course. To be considered for admission, please electronically submit 10 double-spaced pages of your prose fiction (no poetry, drama, screenplays, or academic work), by clicking on the link below; fill out the application you'll find there and attach the writing sample as a Word document or .rtf file. The deadline for completing this application process is 11 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27.

Also be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses.

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