Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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Creative Writing


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Class code A6305
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 月3/Mon.3
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 3~4
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

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Outline and objectives

How does a good short story create an emotional reaction in the reader? How can we learn to use those techniques in our own writing? In this workshop-based course, students will be introduced to the basic skills, tools, and theory of short narrative prose writing, both through reading short stories and composing and editing an original piece of writing over the course of the semester. We will focus on fundamental elements of traditional short fiction, such as characters, dialogue, and narrative viewpoint. Students will also learn about the processes of planning, composing, editing, and revision. This course is designed for varying levels of English ability and writing ability, and will include special emphasis on the composition of fiction in a second language.


Students will learn and apply the fundamental techniques of writing short stories. Students will also become more critical readers by developing an awareness of the technical elements of prose writing.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)

Classes will consist of lectures followed by short discussions and writing practice. Additionally, classes will include workshops in which students read and respond to stories composed by their peers.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No




Introduction to the course and selection exam

2:Writing Fiction in a Second Language

The benefits and challenges of composing fiction in a second language

3:Getting Started

Planning a story and finding a starting point for the first draft


Determining narrative viewpoint


Constructing believable characters


Structures for building and resolving narrative tension

7:Scene Construction

Building stand-alone scenes

8:Editing and Revision

Basic techniques for editing and revising the first draft


Writing realistic dialogue in diverse voices


Finding and polishing thematic elements within a draft

11:Workshop (1)

Students read and respond to stories by their classmates

12:Workshop (2)

Students read and respond to stories by their classmates

13:Workshop (3)

Students read and respond to stories by their classmates

14:Final Synthesis

A review of the major themes of the course

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students must complete assigned readings for each class. In addition, students will compose, revise, and present a piece of short fiction. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


Readings will be provided as handouts in class.


Strunk, William, and E.B. White. The Elements of Style (4th Edition). Pearson, 1999.
Forster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel. Penguin, 2005.

Grading criteria

Class contribution and short assignments (30%), reader feedback (20%), first short story draft (20%), revised short story draft (30%)

Changes following student comments