Writing Popular Fiction

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Course No: ENGL.3100-001; SIS Class Nbr: 13097

Course Description

This course is designed for students who are interested in writing in one or more of the popular forms of genre fiction: the mystery, the horror story, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and the thriller. Class time will be spent discussing and work-shopping student writing. Some time will also be devoted each week to brief lectures on practical matters like choosing between the short story and the novel, finding ideas, constructing plots, building characters, pacing, generating suspense, and marketing one's work. In addition, there will be assigned readings to illustrate the above.

Prerequisites, Notes & Instructor

  • Prerequisites:
  • Special Notes:
  • Section Notes: P: ENGL.1020; This course is designed for students interested in writing fiction. Focus will be on (but not limited to) genre fiction. The class will be conducted as a workshop with close analysis of professional and student work. Time will be given each week to discussion of such matters as constructing plot, building characters, creating tension, using dialogue, etc. There will be an ongoing sharing of keys to effective writing, and occasional visits by professional writers.
  • Credits: 3;
  • Instructor: David Daniel
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When Offered & Tuition

  • Thurs , 6:30-9:20 pm
  • Fall 2016: Sep 01 to Dec 03
  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Tuition: $1020
  • Note: There is a $30 per semester, nonrefundable registration fee for credit courses.

Related Programs: B.S. in Information Technology, A.S. in Information Technology

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