Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG389H1S  L5101   T6-9
Creative Writing
Professor Robert McGill

Brief Description of Course: A workshop devoted to the craft of writing short fiction. Topics will include narratorial perspective, plot structure, characterization, genre, setting, and dialogue. Classes will prioritize peer review of students’ work; there will also be discussions of contemporary published texts.

NOTE: No YA fiction or children’s literature, please. Admission is by permission of the instructor and the Associate Chair. To be considered, please include the course title (ENG389S 2019-20W), your name, U of T student number and email address, and submit one complete short story (5-12 pages, double-spaced) in hard copy on or before May 15, 2019 to our drop box (or by mail) c/o Ms V. Holmes, Undergraduate Counsellor, Department of English (JHB 609), University of Toronto, 170 St George St., Toronto, ON, M5R 2M8.

Required Reading: Classmates’ writing; selections of published short fiction.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA

Method of Instruction: workshop.

Method of Evaluation: Workshop submissions (20%), quercus peer review (15%), class participation (15%), joint presentation (10%), portfolio story and preface (40%).

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