Monday, January 30, 2017

SP17 IMF52206 Focused Fiction Workshop: Kurt Vonnegut - Zachary Vickers

Online Class
IMF 52206 Focused Fiction Workshop: Kurt Vonnegut

Instructor: Zachary Vickers

Class Type: Workshop + Literature

Course Description:
In this seminar/workshop we will look at the life and writing of one of America’s most recognizable and innovative authors, Kurt Vonnegut. We will look at his literary influences, and read both his short and long fiction, and nonfiction. Later, we will look at contemporary authors who have drawn influence from Vonnegut, thus connecting centuries of aesthetic development. Students will write their own fiction, playing with Vonnegut’s style, or other authors whom they draw influence from. Students will also be expected to critique each other's work and revise one story for a final project. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of Vonnegut’s writing, how the lines of literature and genre can be blurred to create provocative and heart-rendering fiction, and how to begin to analyze their own influences so that they may further hone their own voice/aesthetic.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

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