NWRW

2306

Mechanics of Fiction: Craft, Theory, and Practice

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Mechanics of Fiction

Spring 2020

Taught By: Joseph Salvatore

Section: A

CRN: 6870

Credits: 3

Not a traditional workshop, this course covers the essential elements of the craft of fiction: character, dialogue, point of view, description, and theme, as well as plot versus story, time and pacing, metaphor and comparison, style and structure, and language and revision. Examples of these elements are culled from both canonical and contemporary works. Students read articles and essays by critics, theorists, and fiction writers, especially writers who both create and teach fiction writing. When covering the idea of character, for example, students read what Henry James has to say on the topic, as well as Virginia Woolf, Aristotle, E. M. Forster, and contemporary voices such as Wayne Booth, Alice Munro, and Francine Prose. In addition to studying the basic elements and foundational theories, students undertake several short creative writing exercises that build on the lessons. This course is designed as an introduction for students who wish to take or are taking a fiction writing workshop and want to understand better not only the elements of the craft but also the vocabulary of the writing workshop.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:25am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020