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|
Spring Semester informationJoseph Heithaus
412A: Sem: Unabashed: Poetry/Fiction/Drama
This class will support students in making a manuscript of poetry, fiction, or work in another genre. As such, half the labor of the class will be helping your classmates through the process of making a larger work and the other half will be making your own project. Our reading will first come from me, but you will bring models of authors you love and share them with the class. Prepare to write the best stuff you've written at DePauw.
412B: Sem: Journey: Fiction/Nonfiction/Journalism
We will focus on telling stories--true accounts or fiction. You may write either one long work--memoir or novella--or compile a collection of essays, short stories, or journalism. After a series of short writing assignments and readings to brainstorm ideas, you will meet with me to map out your final project and build a timetable. The rest of the semester we will workshop pages on a rotating basis. Every student must complete 30 - 100 polished pages. Students will be expected to write every day, turn in their work on time, and serve as caring, thoughtful editors of their classmates' creative work. Each week, I will pass out a reading designed to review a specific aspect of craft, from dialogue to structure to setting. The semester ends with a public reading and celebration.