Special Topic: The Art of Revision|
Fall 2016 not offered
|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)
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.
|Examination 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.). 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.
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