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Spring 2018
Sep 26, 2022
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ENGL 280 - Intro to Creative Writing
This is an introduction to the practice of imaginative writing. The course is divided into three parts, according to the form of the writing. The first part deals with verse and covers the elements of verse composition and a few of its modes: location, syllable, line, sound structure, figure, and the rest. The second part deals with prose: the basic unit of composition is the sentence rather than the verse line. We will try or hand at fabulous documents, multiple points of view, and iterated memories. The third ventures into the domain of visual literature, which seeks to reconcile the disparate systems of the word and the image. Here we will consider the calligramme or pattern poem, the use of the alphabet as a basic element in concrete and visual poetry, and the merging of form, color, and text in narrative space. The main work of the course will be the making of your own imaginative works, which you will circulate for discussion from time to time. In the belief that writing and reading are inseparable, you will also read a range of creative and critical texts, in order to expand your awareness of the possibilities of the written word. The close study of these works is meant to suggest approaches you might take in your own creative projects.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
Core:HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul

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