English 143A

Short Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2021 McFarlane, Fiona
TTh 12:30-2 305 Wheeler


A short fiction workshop with a focus on the craft of writing. In this course, we will be readers, writers, and editors of short fiction. We'll read a range of published short stories in order to explore the technical ways in which a short story is crafted. We'll discuss topics like structure, point of view, conflict, detail, and dialogue; and we'll spend time looking carefully at sentences and how they're made. Short writing exercises will provide opportunities to explore new voices, techniques, and ideas while practicing elements of craft.

Each student will write and revise one significant story over the course of the semester. Students will read and edit each other's stories, write formal responses, and workshop the stories in class. Alongside these workshops, we'll discuss revision, publication, process, and practice. This class will become a generous and respectful community of readers and writers, and attendance is mandatory. A course reader will be available for purchase.

Please note that access to this class is by application only. Applications closed on May 7.

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