The Art of the Personal Essay|
We all have stories to tell. But there is hard work in the act of transforming our intimate experiences into meaningful and captivating stories. This course dives into this labor by focusing on the craft of essay writing. Quite specifically, students will practice a variety of creative nonfiction writing techniques as a means of critically reflecting and analyzing personal experiences in order to produce essays that speak to readers in and outside of our immediate communities and contexts. Course assignments will include a writer's journal, workshop letters to classmates, three short personal essays, and a final essay whose subject and style is decided by the writer. Readings will include essays published in the past 30 years by authors such as (but not limited to) Kiese Laymon, Jesmyn Ward, Jose Antonio Vargas, Zadie Smith, and Karla Villavicencio.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 Online - Summer Session II|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Work by contemporary writers such as Kiese Laymon, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Jesmyn Ward, Jenny Zhang, Zadie Smith and more.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Writer's Journal, Weekly Writing Assignments, Final Personal Essay
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class of '21 & '22: This course contributes to the Creative Writing and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
Class of '23 & beyond: This course fulfills the Creative Writing requirements of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Silber,Lauren Times: .MT.RF. 08:30AM-10:35AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 4||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 2||FR: 2|
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