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CW N132 - The Craft of Short Fiction

Summer 2021
Description 

This two-unit course on the short story emphasizes an introduction to craft—how short stories are created, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful study of models by published writers and through writing and revising your own original pieces generated for this class.

Available in 
Summer
Prerequisites 
Completion of the R&C sequence of writing courses at UC Berkeley or the equivalent.
Units and Format 
2 units – Ten hours of seminar per week for three weeks
Grading Option 
Letter grade

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Class Number: 10633
Meeting time @ place:
MTUWTHF 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Online
Section Theme: The Craft of Short Fiction
Instructor: Michael Larkin
Section Description:

This course is offered in Session F (July 6-July 23, 2021).

NOTE: This class will meet MWF from 10-12 on Zoom, but it is possible to take the course entirely asynchronously.

This two-unit course on the short story emphasizes an introduction to craft—how short stories are created, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful reading of stories by published writers, by completing exercises designed to get you familiar with some of the basic elements of fiction, and ultimately through writing and revising drafts of your own short stories.

Writing is very much a solitary act, of course, but few writers practice well without a community of fellow writers and readers for support. As such, we’ll aim to build our own writers community in this class by sharing our work, offering critique that is both supportive and incisive. This will include regular sharing of your writing in pairs and small groups. On the last day of class, I’m hoping we’ll each read aloud from a little of our work as well.

If you’re thinking, “I’ve never even tried to write a short story before!” don’t worry. This is an introductory course—it is not designed solely for those who have had experience with writing fiction before. Whether you have no experience or lots of experience with reading and writing short stories, my hope is that this course will offer something for you.

Book List:

The Making of a Story, by Alice LaPlante; other readings will be available electronically via bCourses

Class Number: 15457
Meeting time @ place:
MTUWTHF 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Online
Section Theme: TBA
Instructor:
Section Description:

This course is offered in Session E (July 26-August 13, 2021).

Book List: