RCHUMS 242 - Creative Adaptation
Section: 001 Putting the Sword in Your Pen
Term: WN 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

As committed writers, we’ve internalized the cliché “The pen is mightier than the sword”. In our literature classes, we’ve studied and admired revolutionary novels set against sweeping social or historical events. However, as we set out to find our own voices, we are counseled to “write what we know”. We’re told not to allow a message or theme to interfere with the natural flow of a story. But what if you want to “write what you learn”? How do professional writers blend message with voice and story in a mutually organic way? In this class, we’ll discuss how to craft the issues you care about into stories. We’ll help each other develop authorial voices that blend the stories we want to tell with the messages we want to convey.
This course combines class time with private tutorial sessions with the instructor for one-on-one feedback opportunities. All work will be discussed in workshop. You may choose to write creative nonfiction or articles if you find your research lends itself to these forms more naturally than a short story. We’ll also study the voices of authors such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Tim O’Brien, and Sarah Waters to see how they achieve a natural blend of story and message.

RCHUMS 242 - Creative Adaptation
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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ISBN: 9781594483851
A Thousand Splendid Suns., Author: Khaled Hosseini., Publisher: Riverhead Books 1st Riverh 2008
ISBN: 0061766119
In a perfect world : a novel, Author: Laura Kasischke., Publisher: Perennial 1st ed. 2009
ISBN: 0060529709
Everything is illuminated : a novel, Author: Jonathan Safran Foer., Publisher: Perennial 1. Perenni 2003
ISBN: 0307472124
The Road., Author: Cormac McCarthy., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2008
ISBN: 061870986X
In the Lake of the Woods, Author: Tim O'Brien., Publisher: Mariner Book 1st Marine 2006
ISBN: 1573229725
Fingersmith, Author: Sarah Waters., Publisher: Riverhead Books Riverhead 2002
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