This course offers a deeper understanding of fiction writing through written exercises, selected readings, and workshops. During the first half of the course we will focus on studying the elements of fiction by reading published stories and essays on craft. As we study these elements you will complete exercises designed to improve your skills in the various aspects of fiction writing. We will read stories that take place in a multitude of locations, including stories that originate or are set in many of the countries we will visit during our voyage. The second half of the course will consist of student workshops. You will turn in two stories for workshop. You will also be required to revise one of these stories as revision is a vital part of the writing process. Regardless of your own writing experience, our class will be a safe and respectful forum in which we will take all fiction, including yours, seriously.
Field ClassCountry: China
Day: 2 - Hong Kong - Sunday, 08 February
For our Field Lab, we will begin our day with a ferry ride to Central, Hong Kong and then take a walking tour through Central and the Graham Street Market where will explore the various food stalls and vendors. We will then take a tram to the top of Victoria Peak where we will have a view overlooking Hong Kong. From this spot, we will spend time writing and gathering notes for our Field Assignment. We will pay close attention to details of setting and place. From Victoria Peak, we will have lunch and then continue to the University of Hong Kong where will meet with a writer and group of students to discuss various elements and functions of fiction writing. During our time here, we will engage in writing exercises with the professor and students. Academic Objectives: 1. To interact with landscape and surroundings to form the basis for a story strongly rooted in setting 2. To practice note taking and observation in the field and to use the resulting details in our fiction 3. To interact and engage with a writing community and interact with writers and students of another culture 4. To gather “real-life” experiences and integrate them in fiction 5. To produce a piece of fiction