In this course, students will read literature by contemporary (and not so contemporary) writers such as Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Edna O’Brien, Angela Carter, Bell Hooks, Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman. Students will be introduced to the craft of writing through discussions of genres, styles, techniques and themes. In workshops they will explore different kinds of fictional and non-fictional approaches to composition with an emphasis on the essay in autobiographical and biographical writing, travel writing and nature descriptions.
Students will write weekly pieces of ca 800 words that they will present in workshops throughout the semester. The assigned reading will also be analysed in class discussion. The most important elements to bring to this class are openness, tolerance and willingness to discuss and think critically and imaginatively.
No midterms, no final exams, compilation of a portfolio with the weekly essays.