Special Topics: Plot
Spring 2019 not offered
In this special topics course, we will study classic and contemporary novels, stories, and television dramatic series that immerse the reader and viewer in an absorbing fictional plot. Our priorities will be close reading and watching for the pleasure and enlightenment of the works as wholes, as well as an examination of the choices storytellers make to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there. The study will culminate in new creative work: short stories you will write and the class will critique in a workshop setting.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Prerequisites: ENGL292 OR ENGL296
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
Course texts will include novels and stories by such writers as ZZ Packer, Don DeLillo, Patricia Highsmith, Muriel Spark, Guy de Maupassant, Julio Cortázar, and Haruki Murakami; at least one film (previous years have included work by Ingmar Bergman); and one television dramatic series (previous years have included the series "Deadwood" and the series "True Detective").
|Examinations and Assignments:
Students will make in-class presentations on the course texts, compose creative exercises, and write a full-length work of original short fiction, along with a thorough revision.
|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. Students who haven't taken Techniques of Fiction/Techniques of Nonfiction can request a prerequisite override for instructor approval
Meetings with and readings by visiting writers are a required an additional element of the course.
Students may not take this course and another creative writing course concurrently.
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