Special Topics: Writing Lives|
In this course you will read profiles, biographies, and theories of biography; you will develop an understanding of the history of the genre; and you will begin to write in this genre yourself. Throughout the semester, we will ask, Where might a biographical portrait begin, and how does it evolve? What constitutes evidence of a life? What are the details that make someone come alive on the page? What kinds of research are necessary? What gets left out? What are the ethics of a writer's relationship to his or her subject, and how does that relationship inform the portrait?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments will include short exercises, response papers, a long revision, and a final portfolio of all work submitted. We will review your work collectively throughout the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre), OR have some other relevant background in the study of literature or history. To be admitted to this course, please submit a POI request on Wesmaps and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday April 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. with the following information: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), some of your favorite writers and any other influences; 2) a short statement (a paragraph or two) describing your interest in biography and your background in creative writing or other qualifications; 3) if you are applying to more than one POI creative writing course, you must indicate in list form your order of preference for those courses. Please submit this information electronically in a single attachment to the email using either Microsoft Word or rich-text-format. You will be notified electronically of the status of your application by the end of preregistration.
Meetings with and readings by visiting writers may be an additional element of the course.
|Instructor(s): Cohen,Lisa Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: CRT285; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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