Fall 2024

*Prerequisite: 351:211 or 351:212 (Or permission of instructor)

Creative Writing Fiction focuses on a more in-depth look at prose writing as a craft. Students will also read non-prose works in order to infuse other genres into their writing.


Section Instructor Day/Period Building Campus
01 LaBrie W/5,6 MU 003 CAC
03 Dawson F/2,3 (Young Adult Fiction: "Wonder 101") MU 003


  Dawson F/4,5 (Young Adult Fiction: "Wonder 101") MU 003


90 Cotsonas By Arrangement/Asynchronous N/A N/A


03, 04 - Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction. AKA "Wonder 101"

Wonder. Every story needs it. Especially stories for younger audiences. But to write it, you have to feel it, right? That's the informal goal of the class. To teach craft, yes, but, also, to instill wonder in you and your work. We write, of course, but we eat, too, and listen to music. We dance. We go on field trips. I bring in agents and authors, sure, but also armored Renn Faire fighters and what can only be called "circus folk." We discuss poetic faith and world building and sensory detail. But also the brutal science of medieval man-to-man combat. How to quench and temper steel. My guests talk about creating character through interiority. But they also pound nails up their nose and square off with bastard swords in the parking lot behind Murray Hall. Lev Grossman (The Magicians), who has visited the class over two dozen times, likes to talk about Narnia and making magic from everyday impressions, but, if pushed, he'll demonstrate an ox stance with a black polypropylene blade. Some creative writing instructors erect bans. No fantasy or sci-fi, they say. Send them my way, I say. So, come on, grab your friends. We'll go to very distant lands.


Period numbers/times for all campuses :

1   8:30 AM to 9:50 AM

2  10:20 AM to 11:40 AM

3  12:10 PM to 1:30 PM

4  2 PM to 3:20 PM

5  3:50 PM to 5:10 PM

6  5:40 PM to 7 PM

7  7:30 PM to 8:50 PM

8  9:20 PM to 10:40 PM