WRITE 393 B1: Intermediate Prose Fiction: The Craft of Story

T. Wharton

Write 393 is an intermediate workshop course in the writing of short prose fiction. We will focus on the art of brevity in fiction, by working on so-called "flash" fiction of between 500 - 1500 words. Students will workshop two story drafts during the term and revise one of these stories as a final draft. There will be additional in-class or take-home exercises designed to help students deepen their engagement with the writing craft and further explore the possibilities in their own stories. The final draft will be accompanied by a short essay on your writing and revision process. There is no final examination.

Students who have successfully completed a University of Alberta WRITE 295 course with a final grade of B+ or higher will be automatically admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students currently enrolled in WRITE 295 can contact efsadvsr@ualberta.ca to be conditionally enrolled in WRITE 393. In all other cases please contact the instructor, Prof. T Wharton, to apply (twharton@ualberta.ca). Provide a summary of your writing/workshop experience, as well as your student ID number. You may be asked to supply a writing sample; if so, the sample should be 10 to 15 double-spaced pages of your recent work. Individual WRITE courses may also be taken without enrolment in a degree program, through Open Studies.