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Creative Writing: Writing at the Borders

ENGL 010.601
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"Wherever there are borders there is barbarism."So wrote contemporary poet Lyn Hejinian, meaning that borders are zones of encounter, places where everyone is a foreigner. In this course, you will be encouraged to become a foreigner in your own writing by exploring the borders between genres (fiction, poetry, non-fiction), individual/collaborative authorship, print/digital writing, English/other languages, and art/science. Through a series of creative writing assignments that focus on exploring these boundaries, this course will require you to take intellectual and creative risks. In addition to reading and responding to your peers' work, you will be introduced to the work of practicing writers who disrupt boundary distinctions. Course requirements will include active participation, written responses to your peers' work, and a final portfolio or project.