English 625 Zacharias
Graduate Fiction Workshop Fall 2001
Note: This class is open only to students in the MFA Program.
INSTRUCTOR: Lee Zacharias
Office hours: 9-9:30 T Th, 1:30-3:30 T
TEXTS AND SUPPLIES: This course is taught entirely by handouts of student and other work. You will need to purchase 3 reams of 20 lb. white paper (no 3-hole punch) suitable for copying and turn them into the MFA office.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: English 625 is an advanced workshop in writing fiction which
centers on critical discussion of student texts.
STUDENT LEARNING GOALS: On completion of this course, students should have enhanced their artistic abilities, learned to identify problems in their work and
develop strategies for revision, sharpened their reading, editorial, and analytical
skills, and developed a broader knowledge base of the genre.
Approximately 50 pages of your fiction (more or less depending on the scope
and density of your particular projects)
Reading/workshop discussion of all student fiction and supplemental handouts
Written critiques of student fiction to be exchanged among yourselves
Attendance at all feasible Visiting Writers Series fiction readings
You have been recruited to this program because of your talent. Unless you fail to
meet the requirements for the course or fail to engage seriously with your work, you
will receive an A. I have given grades of B and C; if the circumstances warranted,
I would assign an F. But unless you fail to meet the requirements or refuse to read and think about your work and that of your peers, you will receive an A.
No unexcused absences. This is a no-cut class.
I will pass around a sign up sheet for workshop dates. Each of you should sign up for 2 dates. Two authors per shop, unless you know that you are going to be turning in something very long (more than 40 pages), in which case note that
you will need the whole shop. Open slots will be given to writers first-come-first- served and/or assigned to supplementary handouts.