Special Topic: The Art of Revision|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Revision is considered the final stage of writing but what is it, exactly? What does the process entail? What constitutes a revision? How do other writers revise? And what are the rules writers can follow to make revision a cornerstone of their writing process? You'll find out in this class. Revision, simply, is not correction. Revision is not changing "red" to "crimson" or running your spell checker. Revision is a change in your point-of-view. This class's goal is to help you learn how to change your writing point-of-view. Specifically, you'll learn how to read critically, articulate criticism constructively, define uniqueness in both your own writing and others, and self-edit and revise. This course is especially designed for students who have previous experience in creative writing.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENGL292 OR ENGL296
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
We'll be reading both fiction and non-fiction in this class:
Cheryl Strayed, ed., THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, 2013 (non-fiction)
Lex Williford (Editor), Michael Martone (Editor), THE SCRIBNER ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY SHORT FICTION: 50 NORTH AMERICAN STORIES SINCE 1970 (Touchstone Books)
Stephen King, ON WRITING
The Paris Review Interviews (these interviews can be found online.)
The instructor will also provide handouts as necessary.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will write a seven-to-ten page story due at the end of Week 2. This story will be workshopped in class twice. Draft #2 should contain AT LEAST 60% new material. You will then revise AGAIN (draft #3) based on your second workshop. This second revision must again contain 60% new material. Final drafts of your story are due final exam week.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance at and participation in every class are required. Students must also make every effort to attend 3 events per semester with visiting writers (Q & A sessions at 4:15 on Wednesday afternoons; readings at 8:00 p.m.). To apply to this course, please submit 5 double-spaced pages of prose (preferably fiction). Please also submit a cover page in two sections: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), some of your favorite writers and any other influences; 2) a short biographical statement (a paragraph) describing your history with and interest in fiction writing, or other creative writing background; 3) if you are applying to more than one upper-level creative writing course, you must indicate your order of preference. The application deadline is Monday, September 14, 2015 by 9:00 AM. Please submit your materials electronically in a single attachment to email@example.com. Please use either Microsoft word or rich-text- format for your attachment. Students may not take this course and another creative writing workshop concurrently. This course contributes to the Theory & Literary Forms and Creative Writing concentrations of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Skyhorse,Brando Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: DWNY200; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 0||1st Ranked: 0||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|