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WRITING COURSES

 

INTRODUCTORY WRITING COURSES

201. Poetry & Fiction Writing
An introductory course in the craft of short story and poetry writing. This course will focus on issues of craft and form, learning about both through reading a wide variety of contemporary fiction and poetry and through writing exercises and experiments.  There will be weekly writing assignments often based on the readings that will be discussed and critiqued in the larger class as well as in small groups for peer feedback.  The emphasis of the course will be on student writing and will lead to a final portfolio.
Meets general academic requirement A.

203. Nonfiction Writing
The course will focus on creative nonfiction writing. Students will spend an equal amount of time writing and reading essays and longer works of nonfiction. Class discussion will focus on craft and rhetorical issues, such as narative voice, story, exposition, scene, imagery, and dialogue.
Meets general academic requirement W.

207. Dramatic Writing
Students will learn the rudiments of dramatic writing through lecture, readings, and weekly assignments dealing with structure, characterizations, dialogue, and other areas of the playwright’s art. Students’ works will be shared and critiqued by the class, operating as a playwrights group. Each student will complete at least a ten-minute play and a 30-minute one-act play during the semester.

ADVANCED WRITING COURSES

303. Nonfiction Workshop
An intensive course in creative nonfiction. This upper-level workshop will focus on the personal essay, such as memoir, travel writing and portrait, and students will read examples. Writers will comment on each other's work in a workshop setting.  Issues of linguistic theory, the form of the essay, and other conventions of nonfiction will be discussed. The course will culminate in a portfolio, final project, and/or student reading.
Prerequisite: Any 200 level creative writing course or ENG 240 or 241 The Nature of Narrative.
Meets general academic requirement W.

305. Fiction Workshop
An intensive course in the craft of the short story. Fiction writers will comment on each other’s work in a workshop setting. Issues of linguistic theory, the literary tradition, and aesthetics will inform our discussions. The course will culminate in a public reading and submission of a portfolio.
Prerequisite: Any 200 level creative writing course or ENG 240 or 241 The Nature of Narrative.

307. Playwriting Workshop
An intensive course in the craft of playwriting in which writers comment on each other’s work, focusing on the elements and structure of a play (character, action, spectacle, diction, “music”, thought), dramatic forms and conventions (monologue, farce, melodrama, comedy, tragedy), selected published plays, and attending theatrical performances, all culminating in staged readings of selected student work and submission of a portfolio.
Prerequisite: Any 200-level creative writing course.
Meets general academic requirement A.

309. Poetry Workshop
An intensive course in the craft of poetry. Poets will comment on each other’s work in a workshop setting. The problem of poetic form and its relation to the tradition and the issue of the self and self expression will be explored in terms of linguistic theory, poetic tradition, and poetics. The course will culminate in a portfolio submission.
Prerequisite: ENG 201 Poetry & Fiction Writing or ENG 245 or 246 Poetry & the Imaginative Process.

364. Screenwriting Workshop
Examination of screenwriting fundamentals: story structure (theme and plot), character, dialogue, scene description and development, and script formats. Students will prepare character profiles, treatments, and at least one screenplay.
Prerequisite: Any 200-level creative writing course.
Meets general academic requirement A.

368. Magazine Writing & Editing: 'Zines, DIY Publishing & Literary Journal
This course focuses on independent publications and literary journals, and it is divided into three major parts:  editing, designing, and promoting the new issue of Popped: Muhlenberg's Online Literary and Art Journal.  You will do creative writing exercises and experiments which result in your own independent publishing project such as a chapbook or 'zine.  Ongoing research and discussion of contemporary literary presses and art journals both online and in print will be required.  We will also have bookmaking and 'zine constructing workshops.  This course will inform you about ways to get your own writing published and into the world without relying on the world of mainstream publishing by introducing you to many new places where you can submit your own work as well as the hands-on experience of editing and learning how to create their own independent publication.
Prerequisite: Any 200-level creative writing course.

960. Internship in Writing

TUTORIALS

903. Nonfiction Tutorial

905. Fiction Tutorial

907. Playwriting Tutorial

909. Poetry Tutorial

917. Screenwriting Tutorial