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Place, Character and Design: Techniques in Writing Nonfiction and Fiction
ENGL 290
Summer 2010
Section: 01  

We begin this writing course with questions central to your work in both nonfiction and fiction: how to establish a narrator's voice and characters' presence and how to frame the spatial and emotional world of the piece. The course encourages you to explore questions of design and structure while focusing also on style and technique at the sentence level.

Readings include works by writers interested in these questions, including, in fiction, Andre Aciman, Vladimir Nabokov, Henry James, Robert Stone, Deborah Eisenberg, and Edward P. Jones; and, in nonfiction, Brian Doyle, Junichiro Tanizaki, Joan Didion, Charles Bowden, Mark Doty, Linh Dinh, Dubravka Ugresic, and George Orwell.

You are welcome to adapt the writing assignments to suit your own interests. Course exercises will include several short fiction assignments, but the main focus is on nonfiction: narrative and personal essays, short profiles, reviews, social commentary, or travel writing. Exercises will allow you to try several of these forms. The assignments include a series of short pieces and a longer project.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Emphasis on the writing process, revision, and writing for different audiences.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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