ENGL 484 A: Advanced Prose Workshop

Spring 2021
Meeting:
TTh 12:30pm - 1:50pm / * *
SLN:
21016
Section Type:
Lecture
Instructor:
CREATIVE WRITING MAJORS PD 1 NO AUDITORS; PLUS 2 HRS * REQUEST ADD CODE AT HTTP://TINYURL.COM/UWCW400 OFFERED VIA SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING OFFERED VIA REMOTE LEARNING
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

https://washington.zoom.us/j/99712681921

EIGHT PRISON-BREAKS (BEYOND TRADITIONAL NARRATIVE).

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

In this course, we’ll investigate the following topics through a combination of  lectures, handouts, and class discussions, exploring the myriad ways in which you might deploy similar strategies in your own work.

WEEKS 1+ 2
Brevity and Journal

 
We’ll read and discuss flash nonfiction, mini-essays, prose-poems, poeticized journals, and thematized diaries. All these forms are a way to try to embrace the velocity and interconnectedness of contemporary existence without, in any way, sacrificing depth, rigor, complexity, nuance, or sophistication.
 
WEEKS 3, 4 + 5
Collage, Remix, Appropriation

 
We’ll think about how to take fragments/crystallized moments (see above) and build them into an entire book. We’ll also explore how these fragments might be yours, but they might also—when transformed—come from the culture at large.
 
WEEK 6, 7 + 8
Photo, Film, and Collaboration

 
These fractal elements (see above) need not be written. They might be still images or cinematic montages. And they might arise from your collaboration with someone else. The point of the eight gestures adumbrated here is to free yourself up from seeing a book or essay or story or novel as a dutifully linear operation. Maybe it could be a liberatingly open-ended text.
WEEKS 9 and 10:
Your own work.
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 Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
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