ENGL 140
Introduction to Creative Writing Spring 2020 (also offered Fall 2019)
Division I

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The controlling conceit of this class is that the different genres of creative writing are cross-fertilizing, even if you imagine yourself to have a strong proclivity toward one. Though much of our energy will go into producing new work–poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction–we will also look at published work through a combination of approaches: seminar style discussions, as well as mini-lectures and craft essays that will guide your writing in each genre. The instructor will be the primary respondent to your work, although you will also become comfortable reading and critiquing one another. There will be at least one workshop-format class per genre. This course does not fulfill the writing skills requirement, because of its emphasis on creative rather than analytical writing, and because I don’t require revisions. Nevertheless, you will be writing a lot, ten to fifteen pages in each genre, as well as peer responses.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3710
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: though students will be required to produce at least 30 mixed-genre pages, this is not a WS class, because of its emphasis on creative rather than critical writing
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students who have not taken a creative writing course; students who received an AP 5 in Literature are eligible
Distributions: Division I

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