ENGLISH 423 - Advanced Fiction Writing
Fall 2013, Section 002
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to seniors and graduate students.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:


In this course, an advanced version of the classic writing workshop, you'll create a cycle of linked stories while reading contemporary pieces of short fiction.

Over the term we will: familiarize ourselves with the short work of several contemporary authors; examine how a book of stories might be usefully considered as a complete volume — including notions of how stories comment on one another, and how characters change, grow, appear and disappear; examine what each author does uniquely, and how, and determine what aspects of craft in each we can imitate, steal, or shun; and write like crazy. Minus peer critiques, you are required to turn in at least 40 pages of polished, revised writing.

Course Requirements:

This class will demand a good deal. Both the reading load and the writing expectations will be considerable. You'll revise one old story, link it up to two new ones, and craft three new short-shorts that are all part of the same world.

Intended Audience:

Students who want to enroll in the workshop should get on the waitlist and e-mail a manuscript to the instructor at, vasugi@umich.edu, a week prior to the first meeting. A list of those admitted will be confirmed shortly thereafter.

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ENGLISH 423 - Advanced Fiction Writing
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Students wishing to elect this course must add themselves to the waitlist, and then bring a 10-15 page portfolio to the first class meeting.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Students who want to enroll in the workshop should get on the waitlist and e-mail a double-spaced 10- to 15-page manuscript of fiction to the instructor at vasugi@umich.edu a week prior to the first meeting. Short stories are preferred to excerpts of longer projects. A list of those admitted will be confirmed shortly thereafter.

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