To understand how an engine works, a mechanic must take it apart, examine its components and reassemble it. Learning to write well functions the same way. In this course, students will read, write and analyze different forms of fiction to better understand how literature can persuade, inspire and move its readers — a skillset that is essential to crafting compelling communication of all types. Students will learn to read great works of fiction with a writer’s eye so that they can emulate and explicate novels and short stories. They also will select a mentor author to research, analyze and present on. By the end of the course, students will have written various forms of short fiction and craft analyses, culminating a polished portfolio. Along with their reading and writing, they will continue to expand their vocabulary and develop a mastery of the conventions of Standard English. (Semester, .50 credit) Offered 2020–2021.