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Areas of Study | | ENGL106 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Fiction Writing
DIVISION:Liberal Arts

An introductory study of the techniques of story writing and storytelling with representative samples and readings.

Placement in ENGL101 or consent of instructor.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify aspects of voice and storytelling craft in his or her fiction and analyze their effectiveness.
  • Craft a critique of his or her work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply feedback when revising their works.
  • Demonstrate a growing understanding of their writing process.
  • Execute the process of submitting a story to Waiting for Rain.
  • Demonstrate an understanding role of local writing communities in the development of writers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the craft of fiction writing in the works of other writers.

Week 1-4: Form and Technique in Fiction Writing

Week 5-6: Literary Fiction Terminology

Week 7-11: Story Creation and Exploration

Week 12-16: Revision of Creative Work

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, and The Best American Short Stories, 2016 ed. By Junot Diaz

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Students will be evaluated through the following methods:

  1. Students will complete a series writing journal entries during the first six weeks of class.
  2. Students will attend literary events at the Pygmalion Festival in Champaign. They will write a brief critical essay about the events that they attended.
  3. Students will complete a series of discussion posts and responses in relation to the assigned readings from the text.
  4. Students will submit a rough draft of their extended creative writing projects as well as a final draft of them and a self-assessment in portfolio form.
  5. Students must have two face-to-face meetings with the instructor about their writing/portfolio work.
  6. Students will submit a rough draft and final draft of their portfolio. The final draft should show substantial revision from what is submitted for the rough draft.
  7. Students will choose at least one flash fiction and one short fiction (not fan fiction) piece from their portfolio for submission to Waiting for Rain, the college’s literary anthology.
  8. As their final, students will write a short critical essay of one of the stories from The Best American Short Stories, 2016. In the essay, they will provide a detailed analysis of how the theories concerning the craft of fiction discussed in the Gardner text have been applied by the author of the story they have chosen to analyze.
Determining Final Grades:

Literay Event Paper 15%
Craft Essay/Final 15%
Discussion Posts 10%
Writing Journal Entries 20%
Portfolio Related Assignments 40%

90-100% A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D
less than 69% F


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Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2018

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