English 143A

Short Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2020 Rowland, Amy
TTh 2-3:30 180 Barrows

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A course reader will be available from Instant Copying & Laser Printing (510) 704-9700; 2138 University Ave., Berkeley.


This course is a workshop that focuses on writing and revising short fiction. We will also read published short stories and other literary work to see how writers craft effective stories. We will examine the essentials of voice, character, setting, structure, point of view, conflict, and the use of language. Students will present their own fiction, and will also be careful and empathetic readers of the work of others.

During the course, students will be responsible for constructively critiquing their classmates' work, sharing their own work, and reading closely for class discussion. Each student will write two short stories over the course of the semester.

Only continuing, upper-division UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply for this course. To be considered for admission, please electronically submit 10-15 double-spaced pages of your fiction, 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 PM, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31.

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