Place, Character, and Design: Techniques in Writing Nonfiction and Fiction (FYS)|
We begin this writing course with questions central to students' work in both nonfiction and fiction: how to establish characters and a narrator's voice and how to frame the spatial and emotional world of the piece. The course encourages students to explore questions of design and structure while focusing also on style and technique at the sentence level. This creative writing course explores features of narrative and design that are central to work in fiction and creative nonfiction. We will also compare the design of college papers, written for academic courses, with pieces written for general readers. Readings include works by writers interested in these questions, including, in fiction, Andre Aciman, Vladimir Nabokov, Henry James, Robert Stone, Deborah Eisenberg, and Edward P. Jones, and, in nonfiction, Brian Doyle, Junichiro Tanizaki, Joan Didion, Charles Bowden, Mark Doty, Linh Dinh, Dubravka Ugresic, and George Orwell.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
THE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY, ed. Lopate
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2015, ed. Ariel Levy
O. Henry Prize Stories 2008
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker
Michael Ondaatje, IN THE SKIN OF A LION
Vivian Gornick, FIERCE ATTACHMENTS
Joan Didion, SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short exercises and a longer project, with an emphasis on narrative and observation in nonfiction. The choice of assignments will include a short profile or character sketch, personal essay, family history, explanatory piece, or interview-based article.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
For the Writing Certificate this course counts as a craft course with a workshop component.
|Instructor(s): Greene,Anne F. Times: .M.W... 08:20AM-09:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|