Summer 2022 - WL 307 D100

Creative Writing in World Literature (4)

Short Fiction

Class Number: 4697

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5009, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



A creative writing workshop focusing on students' production of original works, translingual writing, and/or literary translation. This course may be repeated for credit when different topics are offered. Breadth-Humanities.


WL 307-4 Creative Writing: Short Fiction     

You start with a blank space. There is a seed of an idea. Or a germ. Before you know it, it starts swirling within you, consumes you, forces itself out of your body and onto the page leaving you exhilarated and exhausted. It has moved from your gut to the outside world. This is just the beginning. 

Now for the real work – how to keep it moving? How to keep it alive? How to let the parts that were never alive to begin with fall off like dead leaves? In this fiction workshop, through a combination of lectures, workshopping and writing exercises, we will take a look at the writing process, examine the basic elements of short fiction such as character, dialogue, structure, and so on, and most of all, discover how to move with our individual stories from one draft to the next without losing the very spirit that the stories were created from.              


  • One Short Story 35%
  • In-class Writing Exercises 10%
  • Rewrite of Short Story 35%
  • Written Feedback on Workshop Stories 10%
  • Participation & Attendance 10%



Course Pack.  Additional readings will be assigned by the instructor.

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