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Introduction to Creative Writing: Imitations and Writing in Form

ENGL 3024.301
MW 12-1:30pm

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What is a cento? An essay? A short story? How do you go about writing one? How can writing a sonnet or a piece of dialogue both be an exercise in bringing the poetics of language to the forefront? How can the imitation of literary forms be a way into improving your writing? How does writing “a terrible sonnet” sound to you? This course works around the idea of imitation as a way of constructing generative practices of writing by setting limitations. We’ll begin by looking at examples of poetic forms and their imitations in pre-modernist and modernist works and their use of form. Eventually we’ll work on writing our own imitation and how to use them or break them into any style, including prose.

English Major Requirements
English Concentration Attributes
  • Creative Writing Workshop Course Minor (AECW)
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