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EN906 Warwick Fiction Workshop 2

Convenor: Maureen Freely

Module tutor: Gonzalo C. Garcia –

Spring Term, Weeks 1-10 Wednesday, 13:00-16:00 in G.08 Millburn House.

This module leads on from ‘Warwick Fiction Workshop I’, which is a prerequisite.

The main aim is to enable students to develop advanced writing skills in fiction and to produce a body of work of this kind. Students will continue to develop critical insights into contemporary literature and the processes of literary production.


The module will operate along the same lines as Fiction Workshop I, though the focus will be long fiction. Those who wish to continue writing shorter fiction are free to do so.

NB: Students who wish their work to be workshopped early in the term should arrange to distribute hard copies of their stories/extracts BEFORE the Christmas break.

Weeks 1-10

Weekly 3-hour workshop, divided into three units. (Writing by one student is the focus of each unit, on a rotating basis. So the current work of three students is discussed each week, and each student is the focus of two to three workshops in the course of the term).

It's important that you all bring hard copies of what you want to workshop!


If you see (Opening) or (Short Story) or (Short Extract) next to the title, that means I'll provide those. When we look at longer work, however, this isn't possible. The reading will focus on a specific skillset you can then apply to your own writing.

We will mostly focus in your writing during class, which is why we are going to be covering one obligatory novel every two weeks (half on each week). This is so we have the ability to read longer works, and to be able to talk about them for more than just a little bit at the end of one class. Of course, I'd encourage you to be reading more and to bring examples of other works you might find useful in expressing some of the points we'll be discussing in class.

Week 1:

- (Opening) Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway.

- (Opening) J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in The Rye

- (Short Extract) Stephen King, On Writing.

Week 2:

- (Short Story) George Saunders, Pastoralia.

- (Short Extract) Scarlett Thomas, Monkeys with Typewriters

Week 3-4:

Ali Smith, The Accidental

Week 5-6:

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Week 7-8:

Pajtim Statovci, My Cat Yugoslavia

Week 9-10:

Iosi Havilio, Petite Fleur


Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart, 2001

Ballard, JG, Supercannes, 2000

Baldwin, James, Giovanni’s Room, 1990Barnes, Julian, Arthur and George, 2006Coe, Jonathan, The House of Sleep, 1998

Danticat, Edwige, The Dew Breaker, 2004

Delillo, Don, White Noise, 1985

Greene, Graham, The Quiet American, 1955

Ishiguro, Kazuo, An Artist of the Flying World, 1999

McEwan, Ian, On Chesil Beach, 2007

Mitchell, David, Cloud Atlas, 2005

Morrison, Toni, Beloved, 1997

Sinclair, Ian, Downriver, 1991

Vargas Llosa, Mario, The Feast of the Goat, 2003.

McGahern, John, Amongst Women, 1990

Moore, Brian, Lies of Silence, 1992Kennedy, A.L., Day, 2007

Michaels, Ann, Fugitive Pieces, 1998

Coetzee, JM, Disgrace, 1999

Roth, Philip, American Pastoral, 1998

Mistry, Rohinton, A Fine Balance, 1997

Pamuk, Orhan, The Black Book, 2006

Gordimer, Nadine, The Pickup, 2002

Smiley, Jane A Thousand Acres, 1992

Books about fiction

See list for Fiction Workshop I


The submission must consist of the following:


A piece of fiction of no more than 8,000 words, preferably part of a planned longer work. (Students who have decided to concentrate on shorter work may submit several pieces adding up to 8,000 words, but should consult with the tutor before they do so.)


A commentary of about 2,000 words on the aims and processes involved in the fiction, including (where appropriate) its place in the longer work, and its position within the wider literary landscape.