Dramatic Fiction: Settings, Scenes and Subtext


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

creative writing, literature


sound, college-level writing skills, and ideally, having successfully completed a college-level creative writing class.

In what situations, milieus, and other kinds of settings do characters find or put themselves? How and why did they get there? How do they then behave? What habits, values, self-identity paradigms, world views, conscious and unconscious needs, goals and fears drive them and affect or determine their actions and decisions? The answers to these key questions help authors to create compelling, rounded characters in realistic settings, dramatized through vivid, engaging scenes with meaningful subtexts, in stories that are surprising yet convincing. With that in mind, this class will explore these and other narrative design elements in service of students constructing their own short fiction prose narratives.

Students will also be given the guidance and tools for analyzing existing literary texts. Along with reading, discussing and writing about selected published materials, students will consider and practice spontaneous and experimental modes of story development, as well as apply some established cinematic and classical dramatic paradigms for story structure and development.

Typical program activities will include writing exercises, story drafting, self-editing, small- and large-group peer activities including writing critiques, and weekly seminars on assigned readings. The major project will be a short story that has undergone revision through several drafts.

In general, students will explore and practice story crafting, writing as a process, fiction genres, and literary analysis, and are expected to be active, consistently engaged members of a learning community.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

writing, literature, cultural studies and teaching.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.


Date Revision
December 18th, 2013 New spring opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 15


Signature Required

To apply, interested students should send an email to the faculty ( brownedy@evergreen.edu ) that briefly outlines how they have met the prerequisites, and a statement of their goals for the class, along with one or two finished pieces or excerpts of creative writing (10-page maximum per sample). Students who apply by the Academic Fair (Wednesday, March 5, 2014), will be given priority. The deadline for applying is Monday, March 17 . Students will be notified individually via email of their acceptance into the program by Friday, March 21.

Course Reference Number

So - Sr (16 credits): 30347

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