ENG 308: Fiction Writing 

2019 Spring Semester at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA

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Whether you’re new to creative writing or you want to refine your talents in the art of storytelling, this course provides the perfect opportunity for you to develop your interest and enhance your skills in writing fiction.

Who: Open to any non-degree student who wishes to learn more about the fiction writing process.

When: Monday nights starting January 28 through May 62019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Where: Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA

Course Structure

Fiction Writing will be split into two parts: First, an introductory “boot camp” will examine the fundamental building blocks of all stories using lecture, close reading of published work, discussion, and a host of creative exercises. Participants will receive feedback from classmates and the professor. The second half of the class will follow a Workshop model, with students submitting full original short stories (drawn from the boot camp materials), which will be offered to the group for an open conversation.  

Together the class will explore, among other things, the inspiration behind literary fiction, various processes that lead to its creation, and the technical elements that contribute to its effects. Students will develop a greater appreciation and respect for stories, as well as a deepened sense of their importance in everyone’s life.

Bio of Instructor

Neil Connelly, Associate Professor, has been teaching writing for 25 years. Before returning to his home state of Pennsylvania to take a position at Shippensburg University, he was Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at McNeese State University. His eighth book will be published this spring.

English 308 (3 credits) at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA.

CRN: 21975, Section: 70

To see the full course description for this course and other undergraduate courses, review the Shippensburg University Course Catalog.

Any person eligible to take college credit as a non-degree student may apply for this course using the Non-Degree Application

The total cost of this course for Pennsylvania residents is $1,149, and $2,297 for Non-Pennsylvania residents. For more information regarding undergraduate tuition and fees, visit the Student Accounts page.

For additional questions regarding tuition and financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office

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