Translating a Story|
Spring 2017 not offered
This course aims to survey the process of "translating" an experience into a creative written work. With an emphasis on creative nonfiction, students will consider how a real-life event becomes most alive on the page. What parts are best transformed into scene? How do we choose the right language for dialogue, time period, or a work's mood or tone? What should, or can, we omit? In reading writers who have used both fiction and nonfiction to present a given autobiographical experience, and practicing writing an experience for different audiences, students will compare the craft tools that make a story work within its given form. Concurrently, the class will pursue exercises in translation from other languages into English to assess these same language and narrative choices in microcosm.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
Janette Winterson, WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU CAN BE NORMAL? and ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT
Matt Gallagher, KABOOM, and YOUNGBLOOD
Primo Levi, IF THIS IS A MAN or THE TRUCE, and THE PERIODIC TABLE
Ishmael Beah, A LONG WAY GONE, and THE AUSTRALIAN'S exposť "Inconvenient Truths of a Child Soldier"
Raymond Queneau, EXERCISES IN STYLE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several short writing assignments, including exercises in interviewing and profiles, and a longer final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
To apply for a place in the course, write a brief statement of up to 250 words, explaining why you are interested in the subject of the course. Also submit a writing sample of 2-3 pages. Send this application to Professor Anne Greene. Use the subject line WRCT 223 Translating. Application due by midnight Friday, November 6, 2015. Also submit a POI request. Please check your portfolio before planning period ends to see if you have been granted permission. If you have been granted permission, please add the course to your schedule immediately. Note: Professor Greene is handling administrative arrangements for this course. If you have a question, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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