Course Description


ENGL 226 Reading Like a Writer (3)

Bradley Melekian

CRN 5                    Limit 32
M-Th (& Fri., 1/4)             9 am – 12:15 pm               CH-112 

Core Attributes: First year Integration, Literary Inquiry area

In the Era of writing programs and advanced degrees in fiction and nonfiction writing, how does one learn to develop their talents as a writer? Can Creative writing be taught, or is it simply an innate talent? In this course, we will operate on the premise that the best way to develop as a writer is to read carefully, and to write diligently. To that end, we will examine various texts, explore them in a multitude of levels, take them apart slowly-not as an exercise to see that they “mean” or what they can tell us about the political or social climate in which they were written, but far more basically, and technically, to see how they “work” as a constructed piece of art. This course is intended for students who are interested in engaging with the practice of writing, and who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a writer, and how we can best learn to write by reading-slowly, deliberately, intensely. To this end, we will read copiously (and very closely, very slowly), and write even more copiously. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Friday, December 14.

ENGL 304W Advanced Composition (3)

Fred Robinson

CRN 6                        Limit 20
M-Th (& Fri., 1/4)        1 – 4:15 pm     KIPJ-271A

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency

Our objective is to learn how to write active, analytical, descriptive, sustained (i.e., structured) prose through writing about complex subject that you know a great deal about, more than anyone else: your life so far. This is not a course in learning how to write an autobiography, or in studying the genre, but in advanced composition. You will write short essays on parents, places, values, cultural influences, a turning point, etc., and then use these essays to build a 20-25 pp. autobiographical essay due at the end of the semester. This course is designed to fulfill the upper division written literacy requirement for non-English majors; it will fulfill an upper division elective for English majors. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Friday, December 14.

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