fullscreen background
Skip to main content

Fall Quarter

Fall Quarter Underway
Late-Start Classes
Still Available
shopping cart icon0

Courses

« Back to Creative Writing

FICT 65 W — Fiction Writing Fundamentals: Discovering and Working with Your Best Material

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Dec 6
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Angela Pneuman
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 25

Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is September 26th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 1st at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 23—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 26
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Angela Pneuman
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 25

Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is September 26th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 1st at 5:00 pm (PT).
Where do we find the most compelling material for fiction? The hidden possibilities of drama may be cloaked behind what’s most familiar to us, or they may be roaming around in the farthest reaches of our imagination. This course will work on the premise that all material, even the most inventive, comes out of close attention to memory, experience, and the ever-widening circles of our imagination. Learning how to coax the best material into consciousness—again and again—is a big part of the writing life. In this course, students will discover and work with their own fiction through brief writing exercises and mini-lectures, designed to stimulate memory and the imagination, to emphasize how both are inextricable from language and to help build a vocabulary around elements of storytelling like character, point of view, and conflict. We will also look at short stories and novel excerpts from masterful writers such as Julie Otsuka, Tobias Wolff, and Yiyun Li. In addition to select small-group work, each student will have the opportunity to workshop a short story or pages from a novel for instructor and group feedback. This course works well for anyone at work on a novel or a short story—or anyone who wants to start writing a piece of fiction.

Angela Pneuman, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and The Los Angeles Review, and she is a contributor to Salon, The Believer, and The Rumpus. She received an MFA in writing from Indiana University and a PhD in English from SUNY Albany.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Lorrie Moore (Editor), 2004 Best American Short Stories (ISBN 978-0618197354)
(Required) Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (ISBN 978-0385480017)
DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS » (subject to change)