The Writing Process
Introductions and Overview
Reading: A Jury of Her Peers By Susan Glaspell
Reading: The Inn By Guy de Maupassant
Reading: Say Yes By Tobias Wolff
Reading: To Build a Fire By Jack London
Point of View
Reading: Charles By Shirley Jackson
Reading: from Ulysses By James Joyce
Five Part Harmony
Readings: The Story-Teller By Saki (H.H.Munro), Reflection on Edgar Allen Poe
Weeks 8 & 9
Genres of the Short Fiction:
Romance, Mystery, Character Study, Tall Tale, Adventure, Science Fiction, Humor
Adventure: Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce
Mystery/Horror: The Cask of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe
Romance: from Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Science Fiction: There Will Come Soft Rains By Ray Bradbury
Tell Tale: The Gollywhopper Eggs By Anne F. Rockwell
Character Study: The Cabuliwallah By Ravindranath Tagore
Humor: The Humor of Mark Twain
Reading of one act plays: Trifles by Susan Glaspell
Reading: Hearts and Hands” a short story by O. Henry from his book Waifs and Strays (1917).
Readings: Two poems: New Year’s Day and The Blessing
Discussing Tone and Pace, Abstractions
Final Projects and Getting Published
Portfolio and rewriting task
Final Project Presentation and reflection on the course
1. To try numerous approaches to writing, and to generate abundant written material
2. To study techniques used in published work and to develop methods of shaping and crafting our own.
3. To learn to REVISE, re-see our work as we learn more about what makes poems and stories good.
4. To get and give useful feedback on our own writing and on classmates' writing in an on-line forum
5. To "meet" for individual on-line conferences with the instructor.
6. To search the Web for information about and interviews with writers.
7. To learn more about the elusive aspects of writing such as inspiration, motivation, habits, getting ideas, and ways of plunging in.
Over the semester, students will develop and polish a portfolio of fiction, poetry, and analyses of published work. The final days of the semester will include reading about and discussion of the market for imaginative writing, approaches to getting published, and jobs for which writing skill is useful.