the evolution of creating writing
CRW 203


This course is a survey of the 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, Gilman, and Hemingway. 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 two creative pieces 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 11-1
& by appointment





nonfiction

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essays

“Of the education of children,” Michael de Montaigne (1580)
“On advertising for marriage,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1885)
“Why women do not reform their dress,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1886)
“D is for the Dance of Hours,” Aisha Sabantini Sloan (2015)
“And Shelter Cannot Help Us,” Joni Tevis (2018)

memoir

Boy Erased, Garrard Conley (2015)