ENGL_130_Writing_Fiction_Spring_2008

ENGL_130_Writing_Fic - English 130 Writing Fiction Prof Nick Taylor Page 1 of 5 English 130 Writing Fiction Section 1 San Jose State University

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Page 1 of 5 Prof. Nick Taylor English 130: Writing Fiction – Section 1 San Jose State University, Spring 2008 MW 1:30-2:45 PM Location: HGH 217 Professor Nick Taylor Office: FO 219 (Phone 408-924-4458) Office Hours: MW 10AM-11:45AM, and by appointment. Email: [email protected] Note: Email is the fastest way to get in touch with me. Course Description For the first month we will be reading and discussing published stories from the Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories and the latest issue of Reed magazine. I will make presentations on elements of the craft – character, conflict, point of view, etc. The goal is to practice reading like writers rather than critics (there is a difference). We'll also do some writing exercises, in class and at home, to get your pen moving. Next we'll start discussing your stories. Each of you will hand in two stories over the course of the semester. This will take us through the end of the term, but we will continue to read from the anthology for inspiration and perspective. In lieu of a final exam, you will turn in a revision of one of your stories. I will explain in class what I mean by a revision and what I expect to see in yours. Student Learning Goals Ability to read literature from a writer's perspective. Exposure to various forms of fiction and the methods used to create them. Ability to generate new creative work on a deadline. Ability to revise creative work. Ability to offer constructive criticism of colleagues' work. Required Texts Wolff, Tobias, ed. The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. New York: Vintage, 1994. ISBN: 0-679-74513-0. Reed Magazine , Volume 60 (2007 edition). Available for purchase in class from Prof. Taylor or at the SJSU Bookstore. Required Assignments Two new, original pieces of fiction, photocopied for the class. Written and verbal commentary on your classmates' stories. Reading assignments from the textbook (I will quiz on these). Brief in-class and take-home writing exercises. A substantial revision of one of your stories (serves as the final exam). Attendance one literary reading of your choice (and a 1 page written response)
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ENGL_130_Writing_Fic - English 130 Writing Fiction Prof Nick Taylor Page 1 of 5 English 130 Writing Fiction Section 1 San Jose State University

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