Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This is a creative writing workshop with a focus on reading and writing creative nonfiction essays. Because the class will be diverse in terms of students' familiarity with creative nonfiction, we will begin the semester by reading several essays and, in response, exploring the ethical and practical boundaries that writers must define when working within this genre. Where should writers draw the line? At what point must we call a piece of writing "fiction" and when is it still acceptable to label it "nonfiction"?
We will then move into reading the text that serves to structure the course, Miller and Paola's *Tell it Slant,* which discusses both form and content. Each week, students will read a chapter from this book as well as a corresponding professional essay (or essays) from Lopateâ€™s *The Art of the Personal Essay.* Around week four of five, will begin the workshop portion of the course. Students will be put into groups, so that the members of each group will be workshopped on the same day. Every student will have two or three essays workshopped throughout the course of the semester (depending on the enrollment). At the end of the semester, students will turn in a final portfolio which includes an original version and a revised version of each of their workshopped essays.
Oâ€™Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried
Lopate, Phillip. Ed. The Art of the Personal Essay
Miller, Brenda and Suzanne Paola. Tell it Slant. (2nd edition)
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