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Creative Writing
Professor David Gilmour
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Reading a lot may be helpful for a young writer but it’s not a replacement for the real thing, for the act of writing. So we will not load you down with a ton of reading – I think that's a waste of the limited time we have together. But I will demand instead a rigorous output of prose. (And check to see it's done.) Regardless of what literary era you find yourself in, the trick to good writing is a good story. Pretty sentences strung together (see cut) won’t cut it. Eventually the reader will smell a rat. A story must compel you to ask: "And then what happened?" We are going to write stories of a realistic nature, stories that don't necessarily have to have happened, but must be able to have happened.  (Please note:If you are a lover of fantasy or sci-fi or magic realism,this class is not for you.) 

We are going to write and cut and rewrite and cut and rewrite some more: (see cut) 1500 words a week, week in,week out: 35,000 words at year's end -- until the act of writing becomes an automatic reflex. (see cut)  Remember this please: good writing involves the darkening of hundreds and hundreds of not-so-good pages...but then, magic.  This is a serious course; tourists not invited. If in doubt about just how serious, try and talk to someone who has taken either of my courses before. 

All students are invited to submit a 500 word audition piece for this course.

But please, no science fiction or fantasy writing. This is not the right course for those genres. In addition, students are encouraged, if possible, to talk to former students of this course.

Admission is by application.  Deadline: August 15, 2018.
Beyond this date, further applications will be considered based on availability until the start of the course.

Prerequisite:
 Application Required. Preference given to fourth and third-year students.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

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* 1. First Name

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* 2. Last Name

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* 3. U of T Email Address

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* 4. College

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* 5. Program(s) of Study

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* 6. Tell us about your creative writing experience, and why you would like to take this class: (max of 1500 characters including spaces)

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* 7. Please attach ONE sample of your prose fiction writing (max 2 pages).

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