CW: Fiction Syllabus

(This syllabus is subject to in-class changes based on our workload, the semester, etc. This syllabus is a very sturdy skeleton, but it is only a skeleton.)

Due every Monday: A new story, preferably one that explores the elements of writing that we have been discussing in class – For Revision work, you also have to fill out THIS PAGE

WEEK ONE (week of 8/31) – INTRO
Read & Respond: How to Write With Style by Kurt Vonnegut
Thursday Workshop: N/A

WEEK TWO (9/7) – NARRATIVE STRUCTURE
Read & Respond: Finding a Wife by Gary Soto and Pictures of My Father by Marion Winik
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK THREE (9/14) – CREATING CHARACTER
Read & Respond: She Shall Not Be Moved by Shereen Pandit
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK FOUR (9/21) – VIGNETTES & CHARACTER SKETCHES
Read & Respond: Hands & Paper Pills by Sherwood Anderson
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK FIVE (9/28) – NARRATIVE DECISIONS
Read & Respond: Slow by Joyce Carol Oates and Birthday Party by Katharine Brush
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK SIX (10/5)
Read & Respond: The School by Donald Barthelme
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK SEVEN (10/12 – No School Monday) – POINT OF VIEW
Read & Respond: The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen by Graham Greene
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK EIGHT (10/19)
Read & Respond: The Destructors by Graham Greene
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK NINE (10/26) – SUSPENSE WRITING
Read & Respond: The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK TEN (11/2)
Read & Respond: Popsy by Stephen King
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK ELEVEN (11/9 – No school Wednesday) – SATIRE
Read & Respond: Coyote V. Acme by Ian Frazier (DUE THURSDAY)
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK TWELVE (11/16)
Read & Respond: The 400-lb CEO by George Saunders
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK THIRTEEN (11/23 – Thanksgiving week)
Read & Respond: None this week
Thursday Workshop: None this week
For this  short week, we will look at how to submit your work outside of the walls of BHS

WEEK FOURTEEN (11/30)
Read & Respond: The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK FIFTEEN (12/7)
Read & Respond: A&P by John Updike and Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK SIXTEEN (12/14)
Read & Respond: Ping by Samuel Beckett, Select Passages by Kurt Vonnegut and Milan Kundera
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

WEEK SEVENTEEN (12/21) – THREE-DAY WEEK
Read & Respond: None this week
Thursday Workshop: None this week – it’s vacation week for crying out loud

WEEK EIGHTEEN (1/4) – BREAKING THE RULES
Read & Respond: Youth by Anjali Seereeram
Thursday Workshop: Group 1

WEEK NINETEEN (1/12)
Read & Respond: None this week
Thursday Workshop: Group 2

FINAL PORTFOLIO DUE: TBD (The day of our final – probably January 20)

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