4000 - Level Advanced Writing Courses

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Writing 4880G

Seminar in Creative Writing - Writing Fantasy

Winter Section 001 Syllabus

The premise of this course is that folktale and, by extension, fantasy can teach us a great deal about creative writing. This course will guide you through language creation, the structural principles and motifs of folktale and fantasy, and the writing of the great scene. Works as diverse as medieval epics and sagas, The Hobbit, and Patrick deWitt’s Undermajordomo Minor are all heavily dependent on folktale: folktale types, folktale motifs, and folktale methods for telling stories. We will learn how other writers such as Joe Abercrombie, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ursula K. Le Guin, Scott Lynch, Mark Lawrence, R. Scott Bakker, Patrick Rothfuss, and Jim Butcher might also use elements of folktale. Students will spend the term working on one major project: an overview of a longer piece of creative fiction (synopsis; motifs; structure) and one significant scene from the piece.

Writing 4998F/G

Re-visioning Self: Creating Your Professional Portfolio

In this half-course students will write new documents and revise documents written in previous Writing classes to include in a portfolio of their work. The portfolio will be both online and printed. Class time will be devoted to a combination of lecture and writing workshop. Antirequisite(s): The former Writing 2299F/G.

Fall Section 650 Syllabus

Winter Section 650 Syllabus

Writing 4999E

Creative Writing Thesis

Individual instruction in selection of a topic, preparation of materials, and writing of a creative writing thesis. To take this course, students must apply to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Writing Studies. Restricted to students in fourth year of an English Honors Specialization module. Antirequisite(s): English 4999E if taken prior to the 2014-15 academic year.
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Full Year - September-April