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Advanced Creative Writing, Narrative: Writing Samples Due by March 26th

ENGL 209 Advanced Creative Writing: Narrative

Open to all departments!

Topic for Fall 2018: Constructing Fiction

Development of the student's abilities as a writer and reader of narrative, with particular emphasis on the short story.

Writing samples due by March 26th for the FALL 2018 Semester

If you wish to be considered for admission to this course, please submit a copy of your writing samples electronically in Microsoft Word Doc., not Doc X, to almateer@vassar.edu no later than 3:00 pm, Monday, March 26, 2018.

Please submit one or two completed stories. Feel free to use papers you have written for other courses.

*ENGLISH 209 is no longer yearlong course but is now being offered as a semester-long course for Fall and Spring semester

Instructor for 2018-19: David Means

English 209

Constructing Fiction: In this class you’ll hone your skills as fiction writers, reinforcing the basic elements—sustained, authentic voice, point of view, vibrant characters, setting, and plot—necessary to create vivid narrative. You’ll be free to explore a wide range of styles—from writing prose that “feels” close to memoir/non-fiction, to writing in more traditional short story modes. Students will be expected to draft stories, participate in a workshop, and revise with care. We’ll form a cohesive, comfortable, deeply respectful, coherent, useful classroom environment in which we’ll critique new work in a constructive, supportive manner. Weekly exercise and readings will be assigned. Reading may include:  Samuel Beckett, Ben Lerner, Anton Chekhov, Grace Paley, ZZ Packer, Lorrie Moore, Langston Hughes, James Joyce, Isaac Babel, Gish Jen, Katherine Mansfield, George Saunders, Alice Munro, Mary Gaitskill, Lucia Berlin, Lydia Davis, Danielle Evans, Gayle Jones, Julio Cortazar, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, John Edgar Wideman, Franz Kafka, to name a few.