ENGL 206 - Intermediate Creative Writing Semester Offered: Spring
Continued study and practice of various forms of prose and poetry. Reading and writing assignments may include prose fiction, journals, poetry, drama, and essays.
Topic for 2020/21b: Life Writing and the Feminist Subject. In this course we explore forms of memoir and the writing of feminist lives: texts written by and about the feminist subject. We explore memoir, autobiographical fiction, and possibly even some literary biography. Students have the opportunity to think about the work of memoir in a number of different mediums, including the graphic novel, unpublished letters and diaries, and in-progress digital forms, and also have the opportunity to creatively produce memoirs of their own. Readings may include work by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Simone de Beauvoir, Vivian Gornick, Michele Wallace, Marjane Satrapi, Alison Bechdel, Sonia Sotomayor, and Roxanne Gay. Kristin Carter.
Topic for 2020/21b: Crossovers. Students read and write stories that rub up against traditional boundaries, leap over them, move them, and sometimes dissolve them. Taking to heart the lessons of permaculture, where the greatest energy lies at the borders, we investigate familiar dichotomies (fiction/fact, prose/poetry, text/image, high/low, comedic/dramatic, female/male, gay/straight, erotic/intellectual, original/adaptation) and search for textual pleasures in a more fluid world. This section of Intermediate Creative Writing is both a seminar and a workshop: students read the work of experienced practitioners, analyze what they’ve read, and apply what they’ve learned to their own work. Likely writers: Maggie Nelson, Carmen Maria Machado, Anne Carson, Justin Torres, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Audre Lorde, Zadie Smith, Claudia Rankine, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, James Baldwin, Jenny Zhang, Purvi Shah, Layli Long Soldier, Gloria Anzaldúa, Ocean Vuong, Ali Wong. M. Mark.
Topic for 2020/21b: Dialogue Forms: Building the Scene. This class examines character, action, and dialogue through the building block of the scene. We do close readings of selected scenes from contemporary fiction, plays, and screenplays by such writers as Annie Proulx, Denis Johnson, Toni Morrison, Colum McCann, Sam Shepard, Annie Baker, Diana Son, Caryl Churchill, Maria Irene Fornes, John Patrick Shanley, Callie Khouri, Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, and Waldo Salt. You write scenes in each of these literary and performance forms, moving from short exercises to more sustained pieces and a longer final project that you expand and revise in intensive workshop sessions, honing your editorial and revision skills. Acting experience is not required, but students should be willing to read their own and others’ work aloud in a supportive workshop environment. The class culminates with an informal outdoor reading of students’ short fiction, one-act plays, and short screenplays. Nina Shengold.
Prerequisite(s): Open to any student who has taken ENGL 205 .
One 2-hour period and individual conferences with the instructor.
Course Format: CLS
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