Introduction to Writing Fiction

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Creative Writing
Course Code
CRWR 1103
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
20
Method Of Instruction
Tutorial
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course concentrates exclusively on the process of writing fiction. It includes instruction in character development, structure, and craft. A range of narrative styles will be discussed through a study of various fiction texts. Fiction produced by the students will be read and discussed by the instructor and students in a workshop environment.
Course Content

Students’ manuscripts will form the bulk of the course content.

Published texts, including short stories and/or one short contemporary novel.

Methods Of Instruction

Classes will be conducted in the workshop format. The following may be combined with the workshop:

  • lectures and discussions
  • small group work
  • assigned reading and class presentations
  • interviews with instructor
Means of Assessment

Students are evaluated on the basis of four assignments submitted for class discussion; these may include a dialogue, a character study or portrait, a short story, and an opening chapter (and synopsis) of a novel, or free writing, all of which will count for a minimum of 60% of the course grade. Other evaluations will include class participation, in-class assignments, self-evaluation of submitted material, in-class writing assignments, participation in the workshop and/or a report on a published story and/or a fiction reading attended during the term.

Students are required to attend 80% of the workshops. A student missing more than 20% of the workshops without receiving prior permission from the instructor will receive a 0 in Class Participation. Leaving after the break is considered half an absence.

Learning Outcomes

General Objectives:

The student will become familiar with the narrative elements of the short story and the novel. The student will use these elements in constructing work, which will be presented for in-class discussion.

Specific Objectives:

Pre-writing:

  1. The student will learn how plots and characters are constructed.
  2. The student will learn to recognize through reading special problems, such as story beginnings, middles, and endings and the opening chapter of a novel.
  3. The student will consider personal experience and learn how this experience can be used in writing fiction.

Writing:

  1. The student will learn how to create dramatic tension.
  2. The student will recognize a variety of different modern and traditional forms and learn to use these forms in his fiction.
  3. The student will learn to develop writing habits consistent with the production of quality, written work.
  4. Over the term, the student will produce readable, well-structured fiction.

Reading:

  1. The student will read the work of published fiction writers to discover how those writers deal with problems of craft and form.
  2. The student will learn to adapt and use the narrative techniques discovered in published works of fiction.
  3. By participating in the workshop, the student will develop the critical skills necessary to judge the effectiveness of written work.

Revising:

  1. The student will recognize the value of revision as an essential writing process.
  2. The student will evaluate critical suggestions from instructor and peers, and incorporate these into the revised fictions.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

The texts could include any of the following:

A text that includes representative selections from traditional and modern fiction, and/or, a text such as Three Genres, The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama, by Stephen Minot. (College publications, such as Pearls may be substituted for the anthology.)

A short contemporary novel.

A contemporary literary journal, such as Event.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.
• a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
• a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
• Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340, OR
• TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, OR
• IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; for individual bands below 6.0:
       • if in Speaking, ELLA 0210 required
       • if in Reading or Listening, ELLA 0220 required
       • if in Writing, ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240 required
OR
• CLB score of 8, OR
• CEFR level B2+, OR
• CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
• recognized equivalent or exemption.

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO CRWR 154 (3) 2018/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU ENGL 291 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CRWR 1XXX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG ENGL 2236 (3) 2020/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG ENGL 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/12/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GE 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 2060 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ENGL 207 (3) or TWU ENGL 208 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO CRWR 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV CRWR 209 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENGL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ENGL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC WRIT 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CREW 120 (3) 2011/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CREW 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32062
Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Bhat
Shashi
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
20
19
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1806
9:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32401
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Upfold
Amber Dawn
Open
This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
20
19
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
12:30 - 15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34471
Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Bhat
Shashi
Full
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
20
20
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
Coquitlam - Bldg. B
B2130
12:30 - 15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
37091
Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Upfold
Amber Dawn
Full
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
20
20
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3408
15:30 - 18:20