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ENGL 484 A: Advanced Prose Workshop

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 1:50pm
FTR 032
Maya Sonenberg
Maya Sonenberg

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Maya Sonenberg

ENGL 484A, Winter 2016


Course Description

In this advanced workshop, you will take a single longer story or piece of creative nonfiction from initial idea to finished product—or as close as you can get in 10 weeks.

Focusing on one longer piece (15-20 pages) will enable you to explore complex issues or forms, fully build characters or plot, and thoroughly investigate one of your passions. It will require you to be ambitious and ultimately to commit to the writerly decisions you make. Developing a revision process will help you acquire or improve one of a writer’s most valuable skills. While we will leave some time at the end of the quarter for copy editing (the final, fine-tuning stage of revision), we will devote most of the quarter to earlier stages of composition and revision, discovering ways to generate and deepen material.

Expect to write 2-3 short exercises at the start of the quarter and then 3 complete drafts of your longer story or essay.


Ron Carlson Writes a Story (required)

Draft: A Journal of Process, Issue IV (required)

The 3 A. M. Epiphany (optional)

The 4 A. M. Breakthrough (optional)

Catalog Description: 
Intensive prose workshop. Emphasis on the production and discussion of student fiction and/or creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 383; ENGL 384.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 3:58pm