ENGLISH 325 - Art of the Essay
Section: 202
Term: SU 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course, we will explore the genre known as Narrative or Creative Nonfiction: nonfiction prose that is reflective, investigative, and analytical and borrows rhetorical elements such as characterization, scene, theme, setting, lyricism, and metaphor from fiction and poetry. We will examine the work of various authors writing in this genre so that we may employ their techniques and strategies in our own work. In this class we will work to produce clear, sustained nonfiction essays that combine the rigor of sophisticated, fact-based scholarly writing with the beauty, elegance, and imagination of art. You should expect to produce essays in this class that are more sophisticated and complex, both in content and in length, than the work produced in lower-level writing courses. This is an upper-level writing class, and the standards are high.

You will be required to read and discuss assigned work by published authors, participate in in-class exercises and discussions, and thoughtfully and thoroughly critique the work of your peers. To be a good writer, you must be a good reader: this is how you learn what works, what doesn’t, what’s clichéd, and so forth. You must also learn to be a thoughtful critic of your own work and to thoroughly revise. No piece of writing comes out perfect the first time; sometimes, it takes drafts and drafts and drafts to get a piece to reach its full potential. And even then there’s more work to do.

Writing is a craft, an art, and a skill. Writing is not a piece of cake. It takes work, thought, and lots and lots of revision. Writing is a process. Sometimes, we don’t know what we’re really writing about until we begin to write about it. Rigorous, thoughtful, careful revision will be key to success in this class.

Required Texts: Creative Nonfiction: A Guide to Form, Content, and Style, with Readings, by Eileen Pollack

ENGLISH 325 - Art of the Essay
Schedule Listing
201 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: English 325 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
202 (SEM)
TuTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
203 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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ISBN: 9781428231054
Creative nonfiction : a guide to form, content, and style, with readings, Author: Eileen Pollack., Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning 2010
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