Special Topic: The Art of Revision|
Fall 2017 not offered
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? Students will 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 students learn how to change their writing point of view. Specifically, students will learn how to read critically, articulate criticism constructively, define uniqueness in both their 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.