CRWR 39A: INTRODUCTION TO SHORT FICTION WRITING
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Prerequisite:||Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement via multiple measures OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area I: Humanities|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Use the elements of the craft with proficiency in short fiction.
- Identify the elements of the craft in masterworks in short fiction.
The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate an understanding of elements of short fiction.
B. Analyze published short fiction.
C. Critique short fiction by students.
D. Create original short fiction, demonstrating elements.
E. Participate effectively in a workshop setting.
F. Revise original short fiction based on workshop critiques, lecture, and conference.
G. Produce self-analyses of short fiction.
H. Compare and contrast voices which reflect a diversity of cultural and social milieus.
A. Understand basic elements of short fiction
a. Plot and structure
b. Point of view
b. Irony and symbol
d. Figures of speech: simile and metaphor
B. Analyze published short fiction
1. Identify significant elements
2. Determine how these elements contribute to the short fiction writer's purpose
C. Critique short fiction by students
1. Identify significant elements
2. Determine how these elements contribute to the short fiction writer's intended purpose
3. Offer critical suggestions about how short fiction writers can accomplish purpose through revision
D. Create original short fiction
1. Flash fiction
2. Traditional short story
E. Participate in work shop setting
1. Constructive discussion
2. Constructive written feedback
F. Apply suggestions in the revision of original writing
1. Local revision
2. Global revision
G. Self-analysis of work
1. Portfolio review of strengths and weaknesses
2. Portfolio review of progress
H. Distinguish diverse voices
1. Published writing
2. Academic community
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Participation in workshop discussions
Production of written critiques of student work
Five analytical responses of at least one page each to assigned published writings
In-class writing exercises
A minimum of fifteen pages of short fiction
A two-page short story analysis for class presentation
Revision of original work
Portfolio review of at least two pages
Quality of original work
Method(s) of Instruction
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion on the craft of short fiction
Cooperative learning exercises, oral presentations
Workshop student short fiction assignments as a group
When taught as a fully online course, the faculty shall employ one or more of the following methods of regular, timely, and effective student/faculty contact:
1. Private messages within the Course Management System
2. Personal email outside of the Course Management System
3. Telephone contact/weekly announcements in the Course Management System
4. Chat room within the Course Management System
5. Timely feedback and return of student work (tasks, tests, surveys, and discussions) in Course Management System by methods clarified in the syllabus
6. Discussion forums with appropriate facilitation and/or substantive instructor participation
7. E-portfolios/blogs/wiki for sharing student works in progress; provide feedback from fellow students and faculty in a collaborative manner, and to demonstrate mastery, comprehension, application, and synthesis of a given set of concepts
8. Field trips
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Burroughway, Janet, and Elizabeth Stucky-French. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. 2019.
Hills, Rust. Writing in General and the Short Story on Particular. 2000.
Mills, Mark. Crafting the Very Short Story: An Anthology of 100 Masterpieces. 2003.
Shepard and Thomas. Sudden Fiction. 1986.
Although most of these texts are older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, they remain seminal texts in this area of study.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Read a text of short fiction, which includes instruction on craft.
B. Written analysis of published short fiction.
C. Composition of original short fiction.