One of the classes I'm taking is Fiction Writing 1, English 351. I hope to learn something about the craft in the class. Since we're not allowed to write genre fiction in this particular class, I'm can't write anything set in the world of Violet Skies. So, I'm using an idea set in the modern world, Chicago, specifically. It's about two young lovers when they first meet. I'll post the story here when I have the first draft finished.
Our textbook for the class is "Writing Fiction" by Janet Burroway, and I like it so far. She disagrees with Stephen King on the usefulness of writing workshops, but I'm hoping that she's right, because if not then the class might not be very helpful.
I do recommend the book if you're in the market for a how-to on fiction writing and you've already read "On Writing" by Stephen King. It's got exercises that you can do at the end of each chapter, and it's written in an accessible style. Some of the quotes in the book are amusing.