Course Descriptions

ENG 3317

Workshop in Writing Fiction

Jeffrey Overstreet

Tues. 6:00–8:30 p.m.

The goal of this course is to provide students with further understanding of, experience with, and mastery of specific elements of effective fiction writing. Students will learn through completing of weekly class exercises in specific aspects of craft. They will learn through the composition of original flash fiction and short stories, and through small-group peer-review workshopping sessions. They will also learn through careful attention to exemplary short stories by a diverse array of writers (including, for example, Alice Walker; Leslie Marmon Silko; Anton Chekhov; Amy Bloom; and Kate Schifani, an award-winning alumna of SPU's MFA in Creative Writing program). Class conversations will also explore the relationship between acts of storytelling creativity and the practice of faith.

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