I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 202
Course Name: Writing Fiction
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Writing in the conventional literary mode of fiction
- Developing a unifying theme appropriate to the story.
- Using figurative language effectively.
- Recognizing basic literary conventions in fiction.
- Recognizing themes and basic elements of style in selected models.
- Recognizing strengths and weaknesses in peer writing samples.
- Discussing basic elements of theme and style in professional and student samples.
- Receiving and giving criticism on material presented in class.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|Week 1:||Introduction to Course, Keeping a Journal|
|Week 2||The Writing Process|
|Week 3||Story Form and Structure|
|Week 4||Use of Significant Detail|
|Week 6||Characterization: Part II|
|Week 7||Setting and Atmosphere|
|Week 8||Point of View|
|Week 9||Point of View: Part II|
|Week 10||Narrative Tension|
|Week 12||Metaphor and Symbol|
|Week 13||Style and Tone|
|Week 14||Dialogue and Problems|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
Students produce 1 to 3 finished short stories or other forms of fiction, weekly or daily writing exercises involving literary exploration or written critique of student or professional writing, and critical essays. Forty-five pages of original work will be assigned.
IX. Instructional Materials
To be determined by the instructor in consultation with the department chair.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
- Attendance policy
- Procedures/information required by individual instructor
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.