EN286 - Topics in Creative Writing:

Practice in writing specific genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Topics may include travel writing, autobiography, nature writing, science fiction, detective fiction, and others.

1 unit — Breslow, Hayward, Sanchez, Shimoda

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Topics in Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction Writing fosters a safe space to engage confidence, vulnerability, and truth. The greater we embrace fearlessness, the greater the reward.
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Welcome to Creative Nonfiction, a safe space to engage confidence, vulnerability, and truth. For four weeks, we’ll write with open attention, speaking up and speaking in, in attempt to achieve what Ntozake Shange calls “a voice that springs from real breath, a sweating body that speaks.” This outward and inward attunement is the foundation of our community of trust. The greater we embrace fearlessness, the greater the reward.

In the Audio Essay, students will write and revise, record and revise, and produce and revise their own stories, working in collaboration with KRCC. The class will culminate in a five minute audio essay.
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In the Audio Essay, students will move from writing on the silent page to creating stories through a microphone. For the next three and a half weeks, the class will explore voice literally as an acoustic event, writing and producing an original audio essay in a supportive artistic community. The goal: to help writers discover, develop, and strengthen their capacities of nonfiction that is as compelling to the ear as to the eye. That said, the course will provide a mastery of the media lab, studying technology as language.

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2023 Block 2 Topics in Creative Writing: Writing from the Well: Mining the Subconscious Monica Sanchez Cornerstone Art Center 301 16 / -1 06/23/2024
Fall 2023 Block 2 Topics in Creative Writing: Advanced Creative Writing Multi-Genre Natanya Pulley TBA 16 / 15 06/23/2024
Fall 2023 Block 4 Topics in Creative Writing: Correspondences: Epistolary Reading & Writing Topic Details Brandon Shimoda Cornerstone Art Center 301 16 / 2 06/23/2024
Spring 2024 Block 5 Topics in Creative Writing: Radio Journalism Topic Details Steve Hayward, Peter Breslow Armstrong Hall 257B 20 / 2 06/23/2024
Spring 2024 Block 8 Topics in Creative Writing: The Moving Line Topic Details Jane Hilberry, Barbara Bash Honnen Arts 101 20 / 0 06/23/2024
Fall 2024 Block 1 Topics in Creative Writing: Playwriting Monica Sanchez TBA 16 / 4 06/23/2024
Fall 2024 Block 4 Topics in Creative Writing: Put Your Hand on the Grave: The Art of Creative Research Topic Details Brandon Shimoda TBA 16 / 0 06/23/2024
Spring 2025 Block 5 Topics in Creative Writing: Radio Journalism Steve Hayward TBA 20 / 20 06/23/2024
Spring 2025 Block 8 Topics in Creative Writing: Playwriting Monica Sanchez TBA 16 / 16 06/23/2024
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