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.
|Senior classification and the successful completion of three courses in writing above the 100 level, two at the 300 level.||1 course|
Current Semester InformationThomas Chiarella
Seminar in Writing: Fiction/Non-Fiction
In this course, students will practice both the fiction and non-fiction forms.
Knowing the Art of the Art of Knowing: Seminar in Writing Poetry, Memoir, and Short Fiction
In this class we will examine a variety of texts, many of them chosen by the seniors in the class as a way to anchor our discussions of the senior projects the students produce. This is a culminating class for the senior writing major and so our focus is on helping each student write a work that reflects what they've learned thus far. But these projects should build on that knowledge toward something greater. Ideally, students leave this class in May having written something they didn't think themselves able to do when we begin in February. We will work toward knowing more intimately the art of crafting words to create worlds--both real and imagined--we had not thought possible to articulate.
Seminar in Writing: Fiction/Screenwriting/Poetry
The short story and the screenplay share important common elements. These include brevity, structure, reliance on imagery, dialogue, and a singleness of point of view to name a few. But at the root of all literary writing is the charged, compressed language of poetry which is likewise built of the above-mentioned elements. It follows then that the writers of short stories, screenplays, and poetry are qualified to offer informed critiques across these genres. In this seminar your capstone project may be either in short fiction, the screenplay, the poem, or a combination. It is assumed that you will have successfully completed a 300 level workshop in the genre in which you are planning to work.
Seminar in Dramatic Screenwriting and Playwriting
In this capstone seminar, students will focus on creating a longer work of dramatic writing, such as a feature-length screenplay or a full-length play, with a strong research component. Students will propose projects, create outlines (depending on genre, these will vary), write a first draft, receive comments at all points in the process, then revise to create their final draft. It is recommended that students work in a genre with which they have had some experience in an upper-level class, but it is not required. However, extra time will be required to work in a new genre, and students should be willing to absorb and complete extra work and assignments if deciding to go that route.