Friday, April 21, 2017

SU17 On-Campus Fiction Cluster First Assignment

ON-CAMPUS CLUSTER (9 credit hours) -- Tuesday nights starting 7/11

Fiction Cluster
+ Journal Editing Session for The Lindenwood Review issue 8
(see course description below for details)

Cluster Instructor: David Hollingsworth
Meets: Tuesday nights 6-10pm beginning Tues. July 11 in LUCC (room TBA) 
Instructor for Journal Editing Session: Beth Mead, Editor, The Lindenwood Review

First Assignment (Due Tues. 7/11): 
Write 2 pages detailing who you are as a writer. What made you write in the first place, how has your writing changed/matured/etc. over the years? Where do you see yourself going in the future? If you have any specific goals for this cluster, please feel free to share them. We will be reading these out loud during the first session as a way of getting to know one another before the workshop begins.

Textbook:
By Cunning and Craft
Peter Selgin
Serving House Books 2012
ISBN 978-0-9858495-3-5

Textbook info/ordering for this SU QTR 17 cluster is available through LU's Barnes & Noble bookstore HERE by searching course number IMF 53600.80.

Course Description: 
This course focuses on the intricacies of fiction writing, from characterization, the logistics of plot and consequences to effective description and dialogue. The techniques explored in class can help writers to develop work that is complete in all areas, firm in foundation, and necessarily concise.

To be a good writer is to be a good reader. We will examine a variety of fiction, learning from the successes and failures of contemporary and classic writers.

Students will be able to workshop two stories throughout the quarter, and will be expected to provide constructive and careful feedback for others. In addition, expect writing prompts each class.

In addition to the craft, literature, and workshop components of this fiction cluster, students will serve as editorial assistants on issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review by taking part in a journal editing session (13th class meeting). Students will read, discuss, and vote on a selection of stories submitted to the journal. Students may also apply to serve as the Managing Editor for issue 8. 

NOTE: If you decide to drop the cluster, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu 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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