This is a multi-genre introduction to Creative Writing in which the emphasis will be generative and exploratory. We will consider poetry, fiction, and nonfiction through a combination of approaches: seminar style discussion of published work, as well as mini-lectures and craft essays that will guide your creative writing in each genre. You will also write short, analytical pieces about published work. In order to foster experimentation, the writing assignments will be short; several of the creative pieces might be combined for a longer piece at the end of the semester. The instructor will be the primary respondent to your work, although you will also become comfortable reading and critiquing one another’s work. There will be one workshop-format class per genre.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 10 pages of critical and creative writing in each genre, for a total of 30 pages, active participation in class, including peer editing
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Extra Info 2: although not writing intensive, this course will demand considerable written response and conferencing with professor
Enrollment Preference: first- and second-year students who have not taken a Creative Writing workshop; first-year students with an AP5 in Literature are eligible
Distributions: Division I;