ENGL-324 Intro to Creative Writing
Fall for 2011-2012
This course is an introduction to the art and discipline of creative writing. Our exploration will take a number of forms: close study of the elements of craft (imagery, voice, character, etc.); vigorous discussion; analysis of the fiction, poetry, drama and creative non-fiction of published authors and of your peers, with special emphasis on the workshop process; and, above all, intensive writing of your own, both inside and outside of class. The course will culminate in a portfolio of your selected and revised work.
Prerequisites: ENGL 040, 041, 042, or 043
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ENGL-324-01 Intro to Creative Writing
Spring for 2011-2012
This course will introduce you to genres of creative writing by studying and practicing four modes: fiction, dialogue, poetry, and personal prose. We will explore and discuss great models of each of these forms; we'll hear craft lectures from the great writers in our Department and elsewhere who produce them; we will write critical prose on selected works; and then we'll try our hand at composing poems, stories, personal essays, and dialogue (for radio). Among the authors studied: D.H. Lawrence, Michael Ondaatje, and Anna Deavere Smith. You should already have experience in studying and writing in one of these genres, and be prepared for intensive research in how each form of writing happens, how it renders human experience, voice, plot, and vision. Be prepared both to experiment with literary forms and to share your work with others.
Prerequisites: ENGL 040, 041, 042, or 043; or previously cross-listed Gateways from other departments.
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