ENGL 284 F: Beginning Short Story Writing

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 2:00pm - 3:50pm
PCAR 391
Shawn Wong
Shawn Wong

Syllabus Description:

This is fiction writing class, which means that the bulk of the responsibility for the success of this class is based on the writing you produce for the class and your critique of the writing done by your classmates.

The goal of the class is to prepare you for more independent writing, self-critique, and more advanced levels of fiction writing.  The focus on the writing is centered more on revision and understanding craft than producing “publishable” fiction.

What will I learn in this course?


You will learn how to write a short story by learning how to construct scenes, build characters, read fiction like a writer, develop a plot, tell a story through characters and images, and learn how to evaluate your own writing and the writing of others.

 What are the course requirements?


  • Complete all the written assignments listed in the schedule below.
  • Complete the reading assignments by the dates shown on the schedule.
  • Participate in discussion.
  • Participate in peer review groups.
Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the theory and practice of writing the short story.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
March 21, 2016 - 4:20pm