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LIT310 Creative Writing: Poetry
Develops the student's ability to recognize, analyze, and design effective structures of imaginative language and poetic form. Classroom methods include workshops to critique student work, in-class exercises, analysis and exposition of works by noted poets, and frequent writing assignments. The class is limited in size so that every student writer's work can get full attention.
LIT311 Creative Writing: Fiction
An intensive workshop in writing short stories and an exploration of the creative process. The material of the course is drawn primarily from students' own experience. The emphasis is divided between the technique of short-story writing and an analysis of the psychological difficulties faced by individual writers. Students will study the elements of fiction, analyze the stories of a contemporary writer, and apply what they learn in their own writing. They will also read work-in-progress and receive constructive suggestions from the group. Each student will be helped to conceive, write, and revise four complete short stories in the course of the semester. Visiting writers are frequently invited to sit in on a class. The class is limited in size so that every student writer's work can get full attention.
LIT312 Creative Writing: Drama/Screen Writing
Develops students' ability to recognize, analyze, and design effective structures of imaginative language and dramatic form. Emphasizes writing for the theatre vs. the screen; may vary from semester to semester. Classroom methods include workshops to critique student work, in class exercises, analysis and exposition of the work of noted playwrights and/or screenwriters, and frequent writing assignments. The class is limited in size.
LIT313 Creative Writing: Nonfiction/Essay
Personal essay and memoir are among the most popular forms of literature today, a fact one can confirm by looking any Sunday at the best sellers list in the New York Times. Emphasizes creativity of expression and provides an opportunity to practice these genres. Encourages experimentation with a variety of first-person forms and shows how to treat subjects that they know about and that are important to them. Conducted as a workshop in which students share their work with and learn from one another. Frequent individual conferences with the instructor. The class is limited in size.
LIT314 Creative Writing: Mixed Genres
Each student chooses his or her own work (family history or memoir, love poetry or satire, nature or adventure writing, whatever you want). Using class and individual exercises, videotaped inspiration, and guests discussing their own work in progress, students will learn the major skills of each written genre to apply to their own special piece. Include word choice, imagery, language rhythm, conflict, characterization, narrative intervention, and tone. Other overarching concerns that professional writers struggle with include subtext, production, and intention. The class is limited in size.
LIT367 African American Women Writers
Toni Morrison has a compelling explanation for the rising popularity of black women's fiction: "white men, quite naturally, wrote about themselves and their world; white women tended to write about white men because they were so close to them as husbands, lovers and sons; and black men wrote about white men as the oppressor or the yardstick against which they measured themselves. Only black women writers were not interested in writing about white men and therefore they freed literature to take on other concerns." This course includes autobiographical and fictional works by such black women writers as Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nella Larsen, Toni Morrison, and Gloria Naylor to illustrate the richness and diversity of the black woman writer's literary tradition, as well as the ways in which contemporary writing by African American women has revolutionized American literature.