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The personal essay as a literary form encompasses a wide range of genres including literary journalism, creative nonfiction and the lyric essay. Note the exclusion of “memoir” or “autobiography” in this list. This course is NOT a course in memoir or autobiography. As we become more mindful of our particular points of view (and of ways to exploit this subjectivity), we will turn the focus outside of ourselves. We will experiment with writing that is extro- rather than introspective. While this is primarily a course in creative writing, we will give much of our time to literary analysis and imitation of exemplary essayists (primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries, and primarily from the U.S.) including Baldwin, Agee, Dillard, McPhee, Eggers, Carson, Delaney, Nelson, Chee, Yuknavitch and Karen Green.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
quality of writing and on quality of participation in weekly tutorial meetings
a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
students who have not yet taken Creative Writing courses will be given priority
This course will demand weekly writing and critical responses, as well as regular opportunities for revision. Total number of pages written will amount to approximately 35.
ENGL Creative Writing Courses