Mechanics of Fiction: Craft, Theory, and Practice

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Mechanics of Fiction
Fall 2023
Taught By: Joseph Salvatore
Section: A

CRN: 15826

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)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 6:50pm EDT 5/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/5/2023