Friday, June 20, 2014

New Online Coursework in Genre Fiction and the Novel

UPDATE Spring 2015: Click here to view the coursework and emphases that have been offered in genre fiction and the novel to date.

The following new courses have been approved to offer in the upcoming academic year:

Genre Fiction as Literature
Genre Fiction Workshop
The Literary Novel
Literary Novel Workshop

IMF 54300 Genre Fiction as Literature (3) This literature course focuses on the study and analysis of genre fiction. Emphases studied may include Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Romance, Mystery, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Study will include novels by authors using literary writing techniques and working in modes ranging from realistic to abstract. Introduces aesthetic and strategic concepts with a focus on narrative, theme, character, and style.

IMF 54400 Genre Fiction Workshop (3) This craft and workshop course focuses on creation and discussion of original genre fiction with a focus on thematic purpose and the creative process. Workshop pieces may include Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Romance, Mystery, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Students simultaneously increase their proficiency as fiction writers and deepen their critical responses to the work of peers.

IMF 57300 The Literary Novel (3) This literature course explores the machinery of the literary novel, including narrative arc, theme, character, style, and point of view. Critical discussion and study will include focus on the way each component is employed in long fiction. Students will analyze works from both a literary analysis perspective and a writer’s perspective.

IMF 57400 Literary Novel Workshop (3) This craft and workshop course focuses on creation and discussion of original long fiction with a focus on thematic purpose and the creative process. Students simultaneously increase their proficiency as fiction writers and deepen their critical responses to the work of peers. Workshop sessions will focus on individual novel chapters, as students work toward completing and polishing a full literary novel.


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