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ENGL 178 - Improvisational Writing

Semester Offered: Fall
0.5 unit(s)

This course uses techniques of improvisational generation of creative material drawn from schools such as Oulipo, writers such as Raymond Roussel, and teachers such as Ruth Danon. All of them aim to subvert the critical mind in order to allow the unexpected to emerge in directed free writing exercises. The course consists of such writing exercises, as well as direction in using the material that emerges as a platform for further work and drafts.  It focuses on the genres of fiction and poetry.

The course is designed to direct writing practice at the stage of generation of material.  Focus on generation increases tools for overcoming writing blocks and develop muscles in an area that such creative writing classes don’t allow as much time for as they do criticism and analysis of completed pieces. Jean Kane.

One 1-hour period.

Course Format: INT

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