Fall 2020

Fiction Writing II—Moving Beyond Plot

Listed in: English, as ENGL-326

Formerly listed as: ENGL-28

Moodle site: Course


Thirii M. Myint (Section 01)


How do stories move? What are the uses and limitations of the term “plot” in describing movement or development in narrative? What culturally-specific assumptions and expectations about storytelling are bound up with conventional notions of plot, and how can we, as writers and readers, unravel them?

In this advanced fiction writing course, students will explore these questions and more through writing, reading, sharing, and thoughtfully critiquing fiction that challenges, resists, or forgoes linear or sequential narrative. Writers of all aesthetic styles, including plot-driven writers, are welcome. The aim of this course is to build a nurturing and inclusive classroom community where all students can cultivate confidence in their work and writing process.

Requisite: ENGL 226 Fiction Writing I. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Visiting Writer Myint.

If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2024