Writing Fiction 1

W611 — Fall 2019

Days and Times
9:30a – 10:45a TR (4 CR.)
Course Description

Teacher: Pretorius, M

*AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED: All students please email bhankins@indiana.edu.

Our workshop will focus on the art of mystery in fiction. Broadly defined, mystery is the unknown, a question whose answer may or may not be revealed throughout the course of a narrative. Mystery can be as subtle as a character hiding something about themselves or as pronounced as the plot of a detective or speculative fiction story. As a class we will read stories and novels that contain elements of mystery and discuss how mystery can be incorporated in our own writing. You will submit three stories for critique throughout the semester, one of which can be the first chapter of a novel. You are required to read all workshop stories, write letters of critique, and provide detailed marginal comments for each of your fellow writers, as well as lead a discussion on one of the works of fiction we'll be reading. Active participation in class discussions as well as the desire to be a good literary citizen are essential. We will also discuss the writing life and aspects of publication.

Required Text:

The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions by Maude Casey

ISBN-13: 978-1555977948

*MFA students enrolled in the graduate creative writing program are automatically admitted, but all students must send requests for permission to bhankins@indiana.edu for authorization to register for MFA courses.

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