Writing Fiction 1

W611 — Fall 2021

Brando Skyhorse
Days and Times
9:25a – 12:25p T (4 CR.)
Course Description


This semester we’ll be reading various interconnected texts. By focusing on texts of “connected” stories/narratives, our workshop will examine five key components that both emphasize storytelling fundamentals while preparing students for a rapidly changing publishing marketplace:

  • Learning how to read critically;
  • Articulating criticism constructively;
  • Defining uniqueness;
  • Revision;
  • and finding/creating a community of writers.

You’ll submit three packets of work – three interconnected pieces – this semester. Collectively, each packet/story should belong (tightly or loosely) to the same fictional “universe.” Each packet should be at least 15 pages min/20 pages max. As a courtesy to your fellow students, please follow these limits closely. The total number of pages you write this term should be between 40 and 60 pages, with 40 the minimum acceptable for a passing grade. 

* MFA fiction students should email bhankins@indiana.edu directly for authorization to register for MFA courses. All other students should email skyhorse@iu.edu (and copy bhankins@indiana.edu) to express interest in the course.

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