RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 002 Fanning the Fiction, or 'Whose Story is This?'
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

One thing we learned from the Harry Potter series, for example, the stories go on and on as readers insert themselves into the narrative and create derivative scenarios. This is known as fan fiction and often published and critiqued on various internet sites devoted to the genre. Fan fiction is often looked on derisively as not creative, as if the writer is hanging onto the coattails of the original author. Go make your own story, detractors say. Get your own life, your own characters. Oh come on! Derivative creativity is rampant in all art forms: classical music, jazz, fantasy fiction, poetry. Who doesn’t interact with a painting or piece of music and feel the need to write a poem about it? Or who doesn’t read a poem and feel the need to extend it to a story, and so on? It’s called inspiration. So this class will deal with what inspires us about another’s writing, where we see ourselves in the story and where the original author’s right ends and ours begins. Writing is a process that includes brainstorming, researching, creating drafts and rewriting in order to achieve a finished product. Along the way, we often discover that original ideas may metamorphose as words meet paper and the writer begins to interact with them outside of the head. The writing this term will focus on panel presentations and critiques of them. The final paper will offer students an opportunity to create a short piece of fan fiction. And in-class writing prompts will help oil up the wrists and fuel discussions.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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