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ENG 412

Seminar in Writing

This is an advanced creative writing workshop in which students design their own independent projects under the guidance of the instructor. Seminars generally explore a specific genre in depth. Prerequisite: senior classification and the successful completion of three courses in writing above the 100 level, two at the 300 level.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Senior classification and the successful completion of three courses in writing above the 100 level, two at the 300 level. 1 course

Spring Semester information

David Crouse

412A: Seminar in Writing: Fiction

Seminar in Writing: Fiction

This course is designed to serve as capstone to your creative writing studies with particular emphasis on the writing of fiction. This course is driven by your interest and experiences and will be a project-based workshop. We will collectively design our agenda for the semester, plan major due dates, workshop student writing, and, ultimately, generate a large amount of cohesive prose work with an eye toward eventual publication.


Eugene Gloria

412B: Seminar in Writing: The Superior Genre

Seminar in Writing: The Superior Genre

The philosopher Emmanuel Kant considered poetry the freest and finest of all arts. Without the sensuous charms found in music and painting, poetry offers the most direct presentation of pure artistic thought. The elevation of poetry as a superior genre may stroke the ego of any would-be poet, but any serious poet must acknowledge poetry's inability to achieve success in the marketplace or widespread popularity. Robert Graves said, "If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money." The purpose of this writing seminar is to embrace poetry's contradictions in order to better understand its difficulty and its delight. "Art proceeds according to principles discernible in works of art," Robert Pinsky asserts. Our task therefore is to read closely the works of contemporary poets in order to advance our understanding of our chosen writing projects either in poetry or fiction. Principles of poetry writing will be applied in the design and application of a writing project for the semester.


Peter Graham

412C: Seminar in Nonfiction and Memoir: Investigation

Seminar in Nonfiction and Memoir: Investigation

Most creative writing majors at DePauw never do much research for their writing classes. But as many successful writers like Rich Cohen, Ian Frazier, Janet Malcolm, and Jon Krakauer know, research is the bread and butter of creative non-fiction writing. That's why the theme of this Senior Seminar is "Investigation." Whether you will be writing memoir, reportage, essays, or even realistic fiction, you'll be required to do investigative research to enliven, enrich, inform, and complicate your writing. Teach both the class and me something that we don't know--and make that something interesting. Examples of research can include interviewing friends and family members, diving into old family photos or home movies, traveling to a setting you've never been to (or haven't been back to in a long time) and reporting on it, reading primary sources like journals and letters, digging up newspaper articles, diving into books at the library, or simply getting online to do searches on cultural history or genealogy.