Course Description

Discuss different types of short fiction from micro to flash to regular short story. Delve into fundamentals including characterization, setting, and narrative arc. You will write and edit at least two drafts of your own work of short fiction. Collaborating with your instructor and fellow classmates, learn about your genre, its market, and publishing opportunities, and gain skill through practice.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcome:

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to utilize some of the basic techniques of writing short fiction, you will have written one short story, and you will have an enhanced appreciation of the short fiction genre.

Supporting Learning Outcome Statements

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Generate story ideas using a variety of methods

  • Recognize narrative Points of View

  • Create round characters and strong settings and dialogue

  • Edit fiction with increased competency

  • Define the conventions of the short story genre

  • Identify some of your own recurring writing strengths and weaknesses

  • Read short stories with an informed appreciation of the technical craft


Recommended: Creative Writing Exploration (WRI 140) 

WRI 140 Creative Writing Exploration recommended

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Asynchronous
Feb 06, 2024 to Apr 02, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $639.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

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Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

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