Rebecca S. Rauve
Concentration on the development of prose style for experienced writers.
For AUTUMN 2007: This course will focus on the various forms of the literary essay. You will be studying the work of some of the best practitioners of the form to develop an awareness of the different genres within this broad category, and to help you achieve more conscious control of your own stylistic choices. Over the course of the quarter you will write, workshop and rewrite essays in three different categories: one memoir or personal experience essay, one essay of travel or nature writing, and one essay grounded in cultural criticism or historical incident. You will also present a review of an essay collection of your choice. Texts: We will be working from an anthology of creative nonfiction yet to be determined. You will also be asked to purchase an essay collection by a writer of your choice, to be selected from a master list of approved titles.
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