Section 0121: Monday, periods 10-E1 (5:10 – 8:10PM)*
Location: Matherly Hall (MAT) Room 51
Office hours: Monday, 2:55 – 4:55 PM, at Library West (in the ground-floor lounge across from Starbucks); also byappointment(e-mail to schedule)
*Technically class is scheduled for three hours, including two 15-minute breaks. If there are no objections (please contact the instructor otherwise) we will take one 15-minute break, so that class ends by 7:55 PM.
"There maynever be anything new to say, butthereisalways anew wayto say it." –Flannery O'Connor
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3The Clarkbookis astyleguide, usefultoyou in all kinds of writing,not just fiction.
Course Objectives The purpose ofthe course is to make you a better writer of fictionandgetyou excited
about the creative process. You will submityourown stories to be criticizedina workshop setting (twice in a"mini-workshop"andonce in afull workshop). Youwill learn howto give valuable feedbackto yourpeers on theirwork,andinso doing,become a bettercritic ofyourown workandabetter writer.
Also, because reflective readingis vital to improving yourown prose,this class also serves as anintroduction to the studyofliterature.We will read (andsometimes listen to) various works ofpublishedshort fiction plusonenovel. We will analyze these stories fromthe perspective of writers,examininghow theyworkinterms ofstructure andstyle.
The firsthalf ofthe semester will bedevotedtoa discussion of the basic elements of fiction. We will discuss assigned readings inthe textbookandthe style guide,as well as the assignedstories thatyou have analyzedinyourCraft Analysis essays. We will participate invarious creative writingexercises,andexamineearly drafts ofyourstories intwo "mini- workshops," for whichyou willdivide upinto small groups.
The secondhalf ofthe semester will bemore ofa traditional fiction workshop,inwhich we apply the critical skills we've honedto ourownwork and the work of our peers. We'll continue creative writingexercises andcritical discussions of published stories,but shalldedicate ample class time tocritique the students'creative work.
Writing requirement (WR) & Composition credit (C) This course can satisfy the General Education requirement for Composition. For more information, see:
https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/advising/info/general.education.requirement.aspx This course can provide 6000 words toward fulfillment of the UF requirement for writing. For more information, see:
Course Format Reading– We'll read the textbook(Burroway),selections fromstyle guide (Clark), a varietyof wonderfulshort stories,andonenovel.Note:The stories assignedearly in the semesterwillnumerous butof shorter length, in orderto give youanidea of howlong the stories youwrite forthis classshouldbe. Later in the semesterwe'llread longerstories. Writing– This includesCraft Analysis essays,creativewriting exercises(someinclass andsome at home),short critique letters for yourclassmates,andtwo veryshort stories,oneof which you will revise extensively.
Critiquing– Youwill critique both publishedstories andthe workofyourpeers,in writing(as pointedout above),andinclass discussion.
Assignments & Grading UFhas recentlyinstitutedminus grades.As a result,letter grades nowhave differentgrade pointequivalencies.Formore information,see: http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/regulationgrades.html Grading forthis courseis basedon a 1,000-pointsystem.Your final letter grade will be determinedaccordingto the followingscale.
· CraftAnalysisessays (425 points):This includes 7 short essays (50 points each) and one longer essay (75 points).
· Shortstory drafts(200points): This includesrough drafts oftwo different stories, plus a workshopdraft andarevised draft of one of those stories (50 points per draft).
· Class participation(225points):This includes…
- substantivecritique lettersonyourclassmates'work (8 pointseach)
- (optional) conferencewithinstructor (+5 extra credit points)
- thepointsremaining(~30-60 points, depending
yourgenerallevelof participation inclassdiscussions plus
the occasional, at-home writing assignment.
· Reading quizzes (150 points): These will be administeredatthe start of everyclass, so itis importantthatyou showup on time. If you're late, or absent, you cannot make up the quiz. Your two lowest quiz grades will be dropped at the end of the course.
Craft Analysis Essays Youare requiredto write 7 short (700-word minimum) and one long (1,200-word minimum)Craft Analysis essays.This will addup to just over6,000words of critical analysis,thereby fulfillingthe "Gordon Rule"writing requirement.
Essays will focus specifically on analyzing techniques and craft in fiction writing. They are not intended as works of literary criticism generally—your instructor will further explain this distinction in class, and will provide specific requirements and guidelines for writing these essays. The topic of each essay (e.g. fictional time, dialogue, etc.) will correspond with the techniques we read about each week in the Burroway text, which you will apply to one of the short stories (your choice) we have read for that week. The longer, final essay will focus on the novel Fight Club, and the craft topic will be your choice.
Make-up essays: You will notice on the schedule that, for the sake of flexibility, I will accept one "make-up" essay in Week 13, and again in Week 14. This means you may skip up to two essays earlier in the semester and make it up during these weeks. Please note that your make-up essay must be on the topic you missed (e.g. point of view); you may, however, choose stories from the current week or from the week you missed. Revised essays: You may, alternatively, use a make-up week to submit a revised draft of any short essay. The essay must improve by at least one letter grade or it will not count. The new grade will replace the old one. Please note you may only submit one essay each of these weeks, so you cannot submit both a make-up and a revision at the same time. Make-up essays should obviously take priority. Also note that, whether or not you write an essay, youare always responsible for reading the storiesassigned forthat week.