Practice in one or more prose forms with attention to strategies for revision and editing. Particular semesters will focus on specific types of writing, such as memoir, biography, journal writing, travel pieces, local histories, or personal essays. This course may be taken more than once, provided it addresses a different topic when taken again. Some research may be required. Prerequisite: ENG105 or equivalent. (L05)
ENG 251 Writers on Writing.
What is the purpose of creative writing, and what determines “great” (as in innovative, influential, and exceptional) creative work? Throughout this course, in hope of answering this question—as well as raising a few more—we will examine a number of literary texts by poets, essayists, and novelists that address the act and purpose of creative writing, as well as what aesthetic sensibilities a writer should possess before s/he attempts to write. Students will be expected to complete a number of writing assignments, culminating in the production of their own “literary manifesto.” The authors we will read may include, but are not necessarily limited to, Italo Calvino, Anne Carson, Samuel R. Delany, T. S. Eliot, Trey Ellis, E.M. Forster, Jonathan Franzen, William Gass, William Gaddis, Henry James, Milan Kundera, Toni Morrison, Francine Prose, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. (L05)