PaGE: Writing (X.WRTNG)

X.WRTNG-106 Blank Slate and Blank Page: Generative Writing

X.WRTNG-106JA Blank Slate and Blank Page: Generative Writing

Credits: 2

In this course we will learn to see the opportunity in the blank page & in the outlines of the sculpture that lies within the blank slate. We will learn strategies to give ourselves the structure we need to get started. We'll work with daily prompts for writing in various creative genres, using the visual, the somatic, and the written to get us started. We'll create prompts for one another & reflect on what is most effective to get us started & keep us moving. At the end of the course, you will have a collection of prompts you can use moving forward, as well as a whole collection of rough draft work to revise on your own time.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman
Advisory: A minimum of one course in freshman composition, an equivalent, or proof of waiver of such a course would be ideal in order to make sure students have English reading and writing fluency.
Notes: Please note that this is a two-credit, writing-intensive course. We will do quite a bit of work in just over two weeks, so be prepared to commit to reading and writing. It is imperative that you stay on track with assignments, which will build on each other. If you fall behind with reading or assignments, you will have difficulty completing the course.

X.WRTNG-106SM Blank Slate and Blank Page: Generative Writing

Credits: 4

Do you struggle to get started on papers or creative projects? Do you love writing and want to express yourself, but feel intimidated by the blank page? In this course we will learn to see the opportunity in the blank page and in the outlines of the sculpture that lies within the blank slate. We will learn strategies to give ourselves the structure we need to get started. We'll work with daily prompts for writing in various creative genres, finding our feet via different themes each week, from ekphrastic prompts to collaboration, corporeal writing to imitation. We'll create prompts for one another and reflect on what is most effective to get us started and keep us moving. At the end of the course, you will have a collection of prompts you can use moving forward, as well as whole collection of rough draft work to revise on your own time. In the last week of our course we'll have the opportunity to learn workshopping technique and begin revising new work and providing useful, thoughtful feedback to our peers.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman
Advisory: This course is appropriate for those with lots of experience in writing and for those with very little experience -- the purpose of the course is to generate your own momentum in ways that will be useful for to our in both creative and academic writing. English reading and writing fluency (a first-year course in composition or equivalent).
Notes: Please note that this is a four-credit writing-intensive course. We will do quite a bit of work in just over six weeks, so be prepared to commit to reading and writing. It is imperative that you stay on track with assignments, which will build on each other. If you fall behind with reading or assignments, you will have difficulty completing the course.

X.WRTNG-201 Introduction to Creative Writing

Credits: 4

We will learn to use words as creative medium by exploring examples of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, by writing, by experimenting with our own writing, an by responding to one another's work. At the end of the course, you will have a revised manuscript in a genre you choose, experience writing in multiple genres, a vocabulary for the craft of writing, a literary community, a notebook of ideas to keep you going, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback. It is imperative that you stay on track with assignments, which will build on each other. If you fall behind with reading or assignments, you will have difficulty completing the course.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman

X.WRTNG-406 Creative Inquiry and Writing a Research

Credits: 2

This course will immerse students in writing as informal research practice. Taking as our starting point contemporary American writing addressing the labor conditions of late capitalism, we will examine strategies for creative inquiry used to document and research topics not normally or officially investigated. Due to the length of this course, we'll focus particularly on short forms and generating new writing, as opposed to revision and critique. Topics to be discussed will include research as community building, fragment as form, and the collapsing of high vs low culture in contemporary American experimental writing. Students will write into a variety of forms modeled by readings from Jill Magi, Bhanu Kapil, Dodie Bellamy, Brandon Brown and Stephanie Young, among others.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Fridman
Advisory: English (reading and writing) fluency is required. Previous experience with creative writing is advised, but not required.
Notes: Requirements of the coure will include daily class participation including reflective and critical posts, as well as a final portfolio of original writing.