Department of English

Colwill Brown

M.A. English Literature, Boston College

Graduate Student, E316 Teaching Assistant



Colwill Brown is an instructor and consultant at GrubStreet, an associate editor at Bat City Review, and an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of the Wellspring House Emerging Writer Fellowship, the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize, and a Crawley-Garwood research grant, and has received fellowships and awards from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Boston College, Kansas State University, the Anderson Center for Disciplinary Studies, and GrubStreet. Colwill’s work is forthcoming in Granta magazine.


CRW 325F • Fiction Writing-Wb

35640 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

CRW 325F  l Fiction Writing

Instructor:  Brown, C

Unique #: 35640

Semester:  Fall 2021

Cross-lists:  n/a


Prerequisites:  One of the following: C L 315, E 303D (or 603B), (316K,) 316L, 316M, 316N, 316P, or T C 303D (or 603B).

Description:  In this introductory course, we’ll get familiar with some fundamental techniques of writing fiction, and develop skills that every writer needs: reading like a writer, building community, and writing regularly.  Together, we’ll read stories and novel excerpts from a writer’s perspective, seeking to uncover the narrative mechanics that make each piece “work” and learn how to harness them to power our own stories.  We’ll get comfortable with the writing process by gathering for weekly guided drafting sessions, with the aim of producing 5 pages that you’ll submit for workshop.  We’ll think critically about what it means to be a good workshop citizen and learn how to give and receive feedback that is both productive and generous.  In later sessions we’ll focus on revision, trying out some practical approaches to strengthening that first draft.  You’ll have the opportunity to workshop a final 10 pages at the end of term.  Along the way, we’ll explore what it means to be a writer in the world: we’ll practice establishing a creative community and build an inventory of resources for new writers that can help guide your next steps long after the semester is done.

Texts:  We’ll read selections from authors such as Phillip Pullman, Alejandro Puyana, N. K. Jemisin, Hans Christian Andersen, Helen Oyeyemi, Aristotle, Hilary Mantel, Douglas Stuart, Jonathan Escoffery, Mat Johnson, Joan Silber, Alexander Chee, Angela Carter, Eimear McBride, and C. Pam Zhang.

Requirements & Grading:  Draft 1 (5 pp.): 20%; Final draft (10 pp.): 20%; In-class participation: 20%; Online participation: 20%; Presentation: 10%; Community building: 10%.

CRW 325F • Fiction Writing-Wb

35330 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

CRW 325F  l  Fiction Writing-WB


Instructor:  Harvey, J (aka E Carey)

Unique #:  35330

Semester:  Spring 2021

Cross-lists:  n/a


Prerequisites:  One of the following: C L 315, E 303D (or 603B), (316K,) 316L, 316M, 316N, 316P, or T C 303D (or 603B).


Description:  In this class, we will discuss, dissect, criticize, and write short fiction.  We will examine through each other's work and through work previously written the possibilities of the short story.  We shall examine topics such as character, dialogue, setting, plot and language.  Students will read each other’s work with rigor and generosity.


Requirements & Grading:  Attendance: Regular attendance is essential.  A workshop class is a community, and if you don’t show up to discuss your colleagues’ work, there’s no reason for them to read yours with any attention.


You may miss two classes without it affecting the final grade in your class.  You will fail the class after four absences.  Perfect attendance will improve your grade.  Please let me know ahead of time if you know you will miss a class for any reason.


Please be on time to class.  More than four late arrivals will affect your final grade.


Please submit stories to the class via e-mail before class the day your story is due.  I will send out an e-mail list after the first class meeting.  Make sure your work is double-spaced and page-numbered.


Laptops are not allowed to be open and on during class.  Please bring in hard copies of all notes you may need to consult.


All work must be original—that is both your own work, and written for this class.  Please do not recycle work written for other courses.  Do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten.  That includes characters and scenarios: please, no fan fiction or alternate versions of other people’s published work.  If you have any questions, please talk to me.  For additional information on Academic Integrity, see 


FOR WORKSHOP:  you are required to read the other students’ work and to type at least two paragraphs of respectful critical response.  Please bring in two copies of your critiques, one for the author, and one for me in hard copy.  If I don’t have a hard copy of your student critiques, they will be marked as missing.  You are responsible for critiques even if you are absent for the workshop.


GRADING:  WRITTEN COMMENTS ON OTHER STUDENTS’ WORK: 15%; CLASS PARTICIPATION: 20%; CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: 20%; FIRST STORY: 20%; SECOND STORY: 25%; each story must be a minimum of six pages, double-spaced.

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