ENGH 497: Topics in Creative Writing

ENGH 497-002: Short Story Collections
(Spring 2021)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW


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Section Information for Spring 2021

Fiction workshops most often focus on crafting short stories, and from workshop to workshop, story to story, student writers sometimes revisit characters or world or themes from stories they’ve previously written.


The next step here might well be gathering those stories into an actual collection—but how?


Students in this course will gather previous stories and write new ones with an eye toward building a satisfying and successful collection, whether linked stories, or a novel in stories, or stories not connected by character or world but sharing a thematic resonance. 


Over the course of the semester, we will sample short story collections with an eye toward structure and organization and as models for our own work. Depending on the week, we will meet in full classes, small groups, or individually for more traditional workshops or discussions of ambitions, plans, and strategies.


How to apply for permission to register:

  • If you’ve never taken a class with me, email me a 1-page proposal of what you plan to write about and a short sample of your fiction. 
  • If I already know your writing, send a 1-page proposal only.

ENGH 497 001 enrollment is controlled. Email Art Taylor at etaylori@gmu.edu for permission to enroll.

ENGH 497 002 is a distance education section. Enrollment is controlled. Please contact Prof. Taylor (etaylori@gmu.edu) for permission to register.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Intensive practice in creative writing and study of creative process. Workshop course. Concentrates on specialized literary type other than short story or poetry such as playwriting, screenwriting, children's literature, travel literature, autobiography, gothic novel, or translation. Notes: For students already writing original creative work. Students must submit typed manuscript at least one week before registration. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 396/ENGH 396 or equivalent and manuscript review. Enrollment is controlled. Contact instructor for manuscript guidelines.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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