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Learn how to write powerful fiction from a professional author. Through applying effort, drive, and passion - and mastering the fundamentals - anyone can become a published author.
Learn how to write engaging short stories with speculative-fiction author and Campbell Award juror Chris McKitterick as we cover a wide range of subjects including character, dialogue, expectations for various popular-fiction genres, idea generation, micro-writing, openings, plot, point of view, scenes, setting, structure, voice, and publication strategies.
Practice self-editing by reading, critiquing, and discussing successful stories as well as each other's fiction. Students write fragments and two complete short stories, plus revise one or submit a third story, with instructor permission for the final project.
Science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realist, and other speculative-fiction genres all welcome as well as non-genre fiction! Click here for the poster. Click here to see a version of the syllabus.
Like the summer version of this course, this regular-semester version also alternates between the SF short story click for a prior syllabus and the SF novel click for a prior syllabus. Click the image for the poster. Click here for more details on the class in general and links to both the short-fiction and novel versions of the syllabus.
Speculative-fiction scholars need to confidently wield a variety of critical tools for research and publication in the field. Having a solid foundation in traditional and emerging critical approaches is vital for the publishing and research futures of advanced SF scholars.
This graduate seminar prepares students planning to undertake serious scholarship on speculative fiction. Students read and discuss a variety of critical essays and pieces of fiction, then apply these approaches to the fiction. To prepare for professional work in the field, students are encouraged to submit their papers to the important critical SF journals and present them at relevant conferences.
Originally available as ENGL until ; available again in as a specially arranged course - watch for a unique line number when offered again. Philosophy and Science Fiction Join a philosophy professor and an SF author on a journey of exploration as we use science fiction to investigate the philosophical questions that lie at the heart of SF literature.
To remain vital, philosophy needs to be nourished by outside disciplines. In this course, we will use SF's "What if? Thought-experiments exist before experiment.
Science fiction helps us think outside of traditional frameworks - and ourselves - offering new, creative engines for researchers. Class format is 13 weeks centered around various themes followed by two weeks of student presentations.
Students write weekly reading responses, two papers using the techniques and craft of both philosophy and literary analysis, and a final research paper, demonstrating they have what it takes to be a philosopher.
In the first half of thematic class, the instructors present materials, pose arguments, and model philosophical approaches through question, response, and so on; students bring objections and arguments, and participate in vigorous and collaborative debate. After break, we'll have more open discussion.
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