Creative Writing Workshop

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ENG209

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: None





This course reviews the principles of poetic composition and fiction writing through analysis of contemporary models and group discussion of student's work. The creative process is explored through the writing of fiction and poetry. Emphasis is placed upon travel writing, the foreign experience, and writers’ responses to the city of Florence itself. The possibilities of composing and incorporating text into the visual arts are also explored. Short verse and prose texts are read to familiarize students with various stylistic approaches. As a means of provoking thought and discussion about the performative aspects of texts, students listen to recordings of authors reading from their work. Students visit, seek inspiration from, and write in various Florentine locations, and they present their own productions to the group for discussion on a regular basis. Grades are based on each student’s productivity, general class participation, and the success of a project presented to the group at the end of the term. This course may be repeated once.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Lee Foust)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Lee Foust)