the evolution of creating writing
CRW 203

This course is a survey of the history and development of creative writing over the centuries. Genres covered will include drama, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students will read and analyze work by authors such as Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, Bronte, and Hemingway, moving into contemporary writers as each section draws to a close. Rather than asking the English course question of "What did the author mean by this?", we will ask questions through a creative writing lens: what did the author make this choice? how would this piece be altered written in third person rather than first? why did the author write this character this particular way? In studying how writing has evolved and progressed throughout history, we will determine what we as writers can use in our own work. Students will write two analytical essays and one creative piece to be workshopped by the class.

Texts Required

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Boy Erased, Garrard Conley
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

Office Hours

MWFs 10-11
TRs 11-12
& by appointment

Student Paper ExampleThe Importance of Being Earnest
Student Paper ExampleThe Importance of Being Earnest (highlighted)
Student Paper ExampleBoy Erased
Topic/Concluding Sentence Breakdown ExampleBoy Erased