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Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction and Journalism

ENGL 3015.301
Tuesday 5:15-8:15pm

This workshop is an introduction to writing fiction and journalistic writing. We will focus on the main tools of prose writing that are indispensable to both genres, including characterization, dialogue, description, research, and revision. Our resources will be multi-genre—we will look at visual art, music, dance—and global. We will encounter a broad stylistic range of international aesthetic and narrative models, and discuss the narrative responsibility each of them entails. Our guides will likely include Teju Cole, Shailja Patel, Jamil Jan Kochai, Edward P. Jones, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Anne Carson, Ousmane Sembène, Okwui Okpokwasili, Anjali Sachdeva, Binyavanga Wainaina, Isaac Babel. Suitable for beginners or more experienced writers who want to return to fundamentals.

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