May 30, 2005, 3:31 PM
Post #6 of 7
Re: [Moonshade] Need Advice on Structuring my own Writing Guidelines/Curriculum?
Since I know quite a few MFA students and graduates peruse this board, does anyone have any ideas to share on what I need to do to design my own writing curriculum? What guidelines should I set up?
I know that many Low-Resid. students, in particular, are required to do this for their programs.
I want to create a structured and specific routine of writing and reading to help me advance. Just as if I were in Writing Program. Right now I feel like I'm all over the place.
As far as the reading goes, if you're focusing on fiction, invest in one or two good fiction anthologies. Then you can give yourself a series of assignments based on the book(s). Consider volumes that include not only stories but also commentaries/craft pieces.
A few fiction anthologies that I've found helpful both as a writing teacher and as a student include:
Cassill, R.V., and Richard Bausch. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Shorter Sixth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.
Charters, Ann. The American Short Story and Its Writer: An Anthology. Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000.
—. The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 6th Edition. Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003.
Quiet Americans: Stories