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Sarah Dowling
BCWRIT 511
Bothell Campus

Poetics Seminar: Writers' Research

Addresses how writers utilize research in their writing and inquires into different kind of research that can be pursued: textual, ethnographic, and performance-based. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This seminar explores the use of research-based methodologies in contemporary writing practice, devoting particular attention to elegiac and documentary practices. Course texts will include theoretical, fictional and poetic works, as well as performance recordings and films. Students will craft a series of short review essays, working in consultation with the group to develop flexible theoretical frameworks and responsive analytical methods.

Student learning goals

Students will develop skills in critical and analytical prose writing.

Students will expand and refine their knowledge of twentieth-century and contemporary writing practices.

Students will situate their individual writerly practices and concerns within ongoing debates in contemporary writing.

General method of instruction

Each class meeting will consist of student presentations, group discussion of course texts, in-class writing, and analysis of studentsí review essays.

Recommended preparation

Students take this course as part of the MFA sequence.

Class assignments and grading

Students will present course readings to the group, participate in discussions of assigned texts and of each other's writing, and will craft a series of short review essays.

Assessment will be based on in-class presentations and participation, and on the sequence short review essays, which will be submitted in a portfolio at the end of the quarter.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sarah Dowling
Date: 10/12/2012