ENGLISH 425 - Advanced Essay Writing
Section: 005
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open only to seniors who have completed the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this writing workshop, you’ll conceive, draft, collaboratively, and revise a significant—30-40 pages—nonfiction project across the semester. Over the term you might write one substantial narrative memoir, or develop a series of several short, interlinked pieces on a shared theme, or compose 2-3 medium-length journalistic (my apologies for this term) “think pieces” in conversation with one another. Choices of form, voice, and overall subject matter will be wide open as long as the individual writings ultimately constitute a cohesive, exploratory undertaking. (Put more simply: In this class you won’t write three separate essays on three separate subjects.) We will first spend time planning your project collaboratively and then class time will transition into regular constructive small-group and class-wide workshops as you plan, write, and revise your project.

Throughout the semester, we’ll discuss and learn from noteworthy examples of creative nonfiction and memoir. Readings will likely include 20th century American groundbreakers like Joan Didion, James Baldwin, and Hunter S. Thompson, while making room for contemporary practitioners like Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Atul Gawande, Durga Chew-Bose, and others. You will also have the chance to select and reflect on autobiography/nonfiction writing that interests you individually. Official class obligations will include portfolios of your work at the midpoint and conclusion of the term, constructive workshop responses for peers, reading responses, and general in-class ardor.

ENGLISH 425 - Advanced Essay Writing
Schedule Listing
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11424
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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31998
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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31999
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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33111
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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