Place, Character, and Design: Techniques in Writing Nonfiction and Fiction|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Writing Certificate|
We begin this writing course with questions central to the students' own work in both nonfiction and fiction: how to establish characters and a narrator's voice and how to frame the spatial and emotional world of the piece. The course encourages writers 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.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selections from collections of Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best Travel Writing, and
The Art of the Personal Essay, as well as pieces by a broad mix of writers including Chekhov, Annie Dillard, and Virginia Woolf, and Vivian Gornick.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short exercises and revision, leading to a longer project. There are several short fiction assignments, but the main focus is on nonfiction: memoir forms, narrative or personal essay, short profile, character sketch, braided essays, travel pieces.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements:
Class of 22: class of 22: Techniques or Special Topic course or genre-focused course in the CW concentration, Theory and Literary Forms concentration, elective.
Class of 23 and beyond: CW requirement, CW path course (but not 300-level course or upper-level workshop), elective.
The English department highly recommends that students be enrolled in only one CW course in a semester. If you are admitted to more than one CW course, the department requests that you choose one and let the instructors know during Adjustment Period. By doing so you will be considerate of instructors and other students.
|Instructor(s): Greene,Anne F. Times: .M.W... 08:20AM-09:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 3||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 2||SO: 5||FR: 0|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 9||1st Ranked: 2||2nd Ranked: 1||3rd Ranked: 6||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|