ENGL 482: Advanced Fiction Writing (Rev. C2) Report a Broken Link

English 482: Advanced Fiction Writing is the next step for students who have taken English 381 or a similar introductory course in writing fiction. The course provides an option to work on separate short stories or linked stories, or develop a longer narrative, whether a novel, novella, or novel-in-stories. Students read sample fiction with close attention to technique and style; they also read and comment in a properly informed manner on the work-in-progress of their peers and further their revision.

Textbook


Burroway, Janet, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th edition. Boston: Pearson, 2015

Unit 1: The Writing Process: Why Write?


Unit 1: The Writing Process: Why Write? [video]

Unit 1 video transcript
Heffernan, Colleen. "Peanuts and Ginger Ale." pp. 1–8. © Colleen Heffernan, 2003.
Highsmith, Patricia. "Mainly on Using Experiences." In Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. New York: Poplar Press, 1983, pp. 14–25.

Unit 2: Reading as a Writer


Unit 2: Reading as a Writer [video]

Unit 2 video transcript
MacLeod, Alistair. "'At the Moment': Notes on Fiction." In The Art of Short Fiction, Brief Edition. Edited by Gary Geddes. Don Mills, ON: Addisson-Wesley, 1999, pp. 361–362.
Munro, Alice. "What Is Real?" In The Art of Short Fiction, Brief Edition. Edited by Gary Geddes. Don Mills, ON: Addison-Wesley, 1999, pp. 362–365.
Messud, Claire. Excerpt from The Last Life: A Novel. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 1999, pp. 4–7.
Vassallo, Tim. "Hockey Night in Cape Breton." © Tim Vassallo, 2003. Reproduced with permission.
Ford, Richard. The opening of Independence Day. Toronto: Little, Brown (Canada), 1995, pp. 3–5.
Vargas Llosa, Mario. The opening of The Feast of the Goat. Translated by Edith Grossman. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001, pp. 3–6.

Unit 3: Creating Character


Unit 3: Creating Character [video]

Unit 3 video transcript
Shields, Carol. "Mrs. Turner Cutting the Grass." In Canadian Short Stories, 4th series. Edited by Robert Weaver. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Carver, Raymond. "Popular Mechanics." In What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories. New York: Random, 1989.
Jin, Ha. Excerpt from Waiting. New York: Vintage International, 2000, pp. 79–80, 190–191.
Edwards, Caterina. Excerpt 1 from Becoming Emma. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1992, pp. 144–151.

Unit 4: Creating a Structure


Unit 4: Creating a Structure [video]

Unit 4 video transcript
Highsmith, Patricia. "Plotting." In Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. New York: Poplar Press, pp. 53–59.
Edwards, Caterina. Excerpt 2 from Becoming Emma. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1992, pp. 201–207.

Unit 5: Style


Unit 5: Style [video]

Unit 5 video transcript
Edwards, Caterina. Excerpt 3 from Becoming Emma. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1992, pp. 99–101.
Munro, Alice. "Jakarta." In The Love of a Good Woman. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1998, pp. 79–116.

Unit 6: Revision


Unit 6: Revision [video]

Unit 6 video transcript
Lertxundi, Angel. "This Cold Earth Is Not Santo Domingo." Translated by Michael E. Morris. In The Graywolf Annual: Nine Stories from the New Europe. Edited by Scott Walker. Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1992, pp. 152–156.
Ford, Richard. "Under the Radar." A Multitude of Sins. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2001.