English 43A

Introduction to the Writing of Short Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2022 Abrams, Melanie
MW 9:30-11 Wheeler 300


The aim of this course is to introduce students to the study of short fiction—to explore the elements that make up the genre, and to enable students to talk critically about short stories and begin to feel comfortable and confident with their own writing of them. Students will write two short stories, along with various exercises, and critiques of their peers' work. The course will be organized as a workshop. All student stories will be edited and critiqued by the instructor and by other students in the class. This class focuses on psychological realism, so genre fiction (sci fi, fantasy, fan fic, etc.) will not be workshopped.

All readings will be available online.

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