ENVI 340
The Art of Looking: A Course in Creative Non-Fiction Writing Spring 2010
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENVI 340 / ENGL 369
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At the heart of all nature writing lies a steady patience and a long attentive looking. “To learn something new,” said the naturalist John Burroughs, “take the path today that you took yesterday.” This is not easy advice for most of us, drawn as we are to novelty and distraction. But over the course of the semester we will try to follow it, returning again and again to the same spot of campus, to look, to listen, to slow down, to pay attention, both alone and in each other’s company. The course will be structured around a set of readings by well-known nature writers, which will serve as a focus for classroom discussion. All participants will be asked to keep “seed-books” and journals of their own and to write at least three original essays, which will be re-worked and polished over the course of the semester.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3616
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three essays, regular class attendance, and participation in discussions
Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 101 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 340 Division I ENGL 369 Division I
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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