This workshop-style seminar is the study of fiction for practiced writers, and is designed to move you beyond the rudiments of craft that you learned in English 313. We will read widely, from contemporary short stories to essays on craft, all to deepen our understanding of the art of fiction. We will focus as much on the rules as how we can break them. Participants will compose and revise two full-length short stories, thoroughly evaluate classmates’ work, and deliver presentations on literary journals. Your aspirations as writers will be taken seriously in this course and we will, at the semester’s end, look into venues where you may submit your work for publication.