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By the end of the course, students will have generated new material, shaped and revised draft poems, and significantly grown as writers by experimenting with various aspects of craft.
An introduction to playwriting through a combination of reading assignments, writing exercises, discussions about craft and ultimately the creation of a complete one-act play.
In this course students will learn to "read like a writer," while grappling with the work of accomplished poets, and providing substantive commentary on peers' work.
Through diverse readings, students will examine craft strategies at work in both formal and free verse poems, such as diction, metaphor, imagery, lineation, metrical patterns, irony, and syntax.The course will cover shaping forms (such as elegy and pastoral) as well as given forms, such as the sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, etc.Students will discuss strategies for conveying the literal meaning of a poem (e.g., through sensory description and clear, compelling language) and the concealed meaning of a text (e.g., through metaphor, imagery, meter, irony, and shifts in diction and syntax).Students will work to discover and develop their own unique voices as they learn the technical aspects of the craft of playwriting.Short writing assignments will complement each reading assignment. Close reading of fiction texts, fiction writing exercises, and discussion of student’s original fiction in a workshop setting. Students will be introduced to literary disciplines including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for the stage and screen. CW 233 FUNDAMENTALS OF NARRATIVE (3-0-3)(F, S, SU). Intensive one-on-one study of selected creative writing discipline with faculty mentor. Exploration of genres of creative nonfiction with an emphasis on contemporary writers. CW 302 INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING (3-0-3)(F, S, SU). Intensive study of the possibilities of English grammar in the context of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, with particular attention to students’ own writing. An exploration of the writer in society, both as artistic endeavor and profession. CW 301 INTERMEDIATE CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F, S, SU).There will be individual conferences with the instructor to discuss their progress and interests.Half of class time will be spent discussing student work and half will be spent discussing syllabus readings.The central focus of the course will be weekly visits from current radio writers, producers and on-air personalities, including local and national NPR producers, commentators and reporters.An introduction to fiction writing, focusing on the short story.