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Spring 2013 Course Descriptions

English 5020  Graduate Workshop in Creative Writing: Fiction

Section 001       CRN 33551
Graduate Workshop in Creative Writing – Fiction    1900-2130 R

In her book 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, Jane Smiley writes, “If to live is to progress, if you are lucky, from foolishness to wisdom, then to write novels is to broadcast various stages of your foolishness.” In this workshop, students will read portions of Smiley’s book along with four novels, and they will write the first 40-60 pages of their own novel. Students will participate in Q&A (online) sessions with contemporary novelists, attend the Lions in Winter Festival, and generally read, write, and read some more. Students are encouraged to dive in and take risks in writing and broadcasting their own particular stage of foolishness.