Catalogue 2012 - 2013

ENGL 351 Fiction Workshop


3 cr.


A grade of "C" or better in two 100-level writing classes, and junior standing or permission of chair.

Course Description

In Is Nothing Sacred, Salman Rushdie writes, "The geniuses of the novel are those whose voices are fully and undisguisedly their own, who, to borrow William Gass's image, sign every word they write. What draws us to an author is his or her unlikeness. "The goal of this workshop will be to tune into the texture of a writer's sentences, to learn what makes it different than anyone else's writing. We will read student manuscripts as well as assigned novels and look at the way the works are put together, how time passes, how character is presented, the distance between the narrator and reader, the writer's inclination toward scene and narrative, how much of the novel is exposition as opposed to scene, and more. We will learn as much as we can about the craft of the novels, then forget everything and write.