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Writing 2291F: All the World's a Stage:  Introduction to Playwriting

By writing one-act plays and critiquing the work of canonical dramatists in a workshop
environment, students will learn and employ the basic elements of dramaturgical
technique used by professional playwrights (sequential analysis of dramatic action,
dramatic objective, conflict, tactical versatility, obstacle universe, intrusion, forwards,
theatricality, shift in polar attitudes, etc.).

Writing 2504A:  Write Now!  Writers Speak

Though a series of lectures by contemporary writers, Write Now! explores the art, craft, and process of creative writing in a variety of genres. Course topics include inspiration, overcoming creative blocks, revision, social media, publishing, literary citizenship, and the writing life.

Writing 2500B:  TV or Not TV:  Writing for the Television Industry

This course teaches students how to write and subsequently pitch creative projects that reflect the four television broadcast models: network, basic cable, premium cable, and OTT. By exploring a variety of both scripted and unscripted approaches, this course will also help prepare students for careers in paid writing and production.

Writing 3901G:  Shapes of Freedom:  Experiments with Poetic Form

In class, students will encounter and write in a wide variety of poetic forms, from the sestina and the sonnet, to concrete poetry and the glosa.  In applying the rules of meter, rhyme, and form, students can also proctice breaking these rules, to test the boundaries and flexibilty of formal restraints.  This class will include a regular workshop component, with the goal of keeping students focused on their writing and building and supporting students' ability to think critically and constructively about their own and others' work. By the end of this course, students will have gained a practical and wide-ranging experience of formalist poetry and its potential for generating creativity and innovation.

Writing 3902G:  Sailing Fiction's Longer River (Advanced Short Fiction Writing)

 A follow-up to Writing 2218F (the introductory course for short story writing), this course is for students who wish to pursue the art of short story writing to the next level, by stretching their fictive wings and producing longer fictions in different modes (touching on the novelette).  Students considering this course would be advised to take Writing 2218F first in order to ensure they are adequately prepared.