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ENG 302

Creative Writing II: Fiction Topics

Topics in fiction writing with particular concentration on specific forms or other aspects of the genre using readings as models and inspiration. This might include the novella or the short-short story or techniques such as magical realism, meta-fiction, minimalism, etc., depending on the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 149.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
ENG 149 1 course

Spring Semester information

Gregory Schwipps

302A: Tps:Fictionalizing Life

While all fiction writers draw from real life experience when writing short stories and novels, what they create is not -- or should not be -- creative nonfiction merely labeled as fiction. This class examines the way writers turn life into art. Students will study fiction that draws heavily from the author's personal experience, like Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, fiction that uses a setting the author knows well, like Bonnie Jo Campbell's American Salvage, and fiction that relies on intimate conflict, like If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, by Robin Black, to examine the link between real and imagined lives. Students will then write both creative nonfiction pieces and short stories that spring from their own lives.