Monday, January 30, 2017

SP17 On-Campus Prose Cluster - Andrew Pryor

Spring Quarter 2017 (April through June)


The Prose Cluster: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Andrew Pryor (
Meets: Tuesday nights 6-10pm beginning April 4 in room 109 in LUCC 

First Assigment (Due Tues. 4/4): 

Exercise 1 – Characterization
This is an assignment in three parts.

First read the stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver's "The Cathedral" in our textbook (On Writing Short Stories).  While reading, pay particular attention to places where characters are developed through observation.

Next, take your notebook and go to a place where you can observe people—a library, restaurant, bus station, wherever.  Choose a few people and describe them in detail in your notebook.  What are they wearing?  What are they doing and why do you think they’re doing it?  If they’re talking, can you overhear (or guess) what they’re saying?  What they are thinking?

Finally, choose one character and invent a life for him or her.  Write for 2–3 pages.  Where does s/he live?  Work?  What relationships does s/he have?  Worries?  Fears?  Desires?  Pleasures?  Does this character have a secret?  Do you find yourself beginning a story?

For the first day of class, come prepared to discuss "Everything That Rises Must Converge," "The Cathedral," and your writing exercise.  You will need to turn in a typed copy of your exercise at the end of class.

On Writing Short Stories
Tom Bailey, ed.
Oxford University Press 2010
Tell It Slant
Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola
McGraw-Hill 2012

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is also available HERE.

Course Descriptions: 
IMF 52200 Focused Fiction Workshop (3): This course is a discussion of original short fiction. Students simultaneously increase their proficiency as fiction writers and deepen their critical responses to the work of their peers. 
IMF 52300 Focused Nonfiction Workshop (3): This course is a discussion of original nonfiction pieces, focusing primarily on the personal narrative form. Students will focus on incorporating personal experience and both narrative and lyrical elements into a nonfiction piece. As this workshop is paired with a fiction workshop, students will also focus on bringing traditional fiction writing techniques into their nonfiction writing, such as characterization, setting, and dialog.
IMF 55600 The Prose Collection (3): This course is a survey of major fiction and nonfiction writers, as well as an exploration of writing techniques that are unique to and shared by both forms. Reading and discussions will focus on use of common writing techniques, such as creating scene, narrative persona, and theme. 

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

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