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Fiction Writing Goes Global


Art may be the result of achieving what James Joyce called “wholeness, harmony, and radiance,” but what about the craft of writing?

Joyce Carol Oates claims that “inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make ‘art.'” Prose fiction engages one in craft, and craft must be learned.

You will learn your craft in ENGL-264 with Dr. Dickison, who holds an M.A. in the creative writing of short fiction.

Forge sketches and craft full-length stories through the study of character, dialogue, plot, theme, action, symbol, imagery, narrative, and careful revision and editing. Study the masters in order to engage powerful influences for the rhythm and force of your own prose, your own “vivid, continuous dream,” as John Gardner put it.

Unique opportunity: Connect with creative writing students in India by way of the Global Classrooms initiative; Dr. Dickison has arranged for virtual discussions between his ENGL-264 students and young writers at Jindal Global University in Delhi. Our connections should be rich with cultural possibility, and we will focus on creative non-fiction as a genre through which to exchange works and ideas using Skype, Collaborate, and other methods of communication. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to share your ideas and creative writing on a global scale.

  • Register for ENGL264, CRN31235,
  • Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:10 p.m.
  • Questions? Email; or call 240 567-4004.



Creative Writing @Rockville: Spring 2016

ENGL 272: Introduction to the Creative Writing of Poetry

  • CRN31407 3cr W 2:00 pm – 4:40 pm 01/27/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard
  • CRN30395 3cr DL WEB 01/25/16 – 05/15/16 Marianne Szlyk

ENGL 264: Introduction to the Creative Writing of Fiction

  • 31400 3cr W 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 01/27/16 – 05/15/16 Julie A. Wakeman-Linn
  • 31401 3cr TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard
  • 31402 3cr MWF 10:00 am – 10:50 am 01/25/16 – 05/15/16 Jarvis J. Slacks

ENGL 265: Advanced Fiction

  • 31403 3cr T 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Julie A. Wakeman-Linn

Special Honors Offerings (talk to Prof. Julie Wakeman-Linn):

  • HONR251: Writing The Novel : Contact Professor Wakeman-Linn if interested (

HONR275Potomac Review (Literary Journal) Internship:

  • 33972 3cr  01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard

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