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Writing Workshops

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CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM

ENGLISH ELECTIVES OFFERED SPRING 2018

 

ENGL2221 Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall, Spring:3.0)

An introductory course in which students will write both poetry and short fiction and read published examples of each. We will experiment with the formal possibilities of the two genres and look at what links and separates them. The course is workshop-based, with an emphasis on steady production and revision. Through exercises and/or open and directed writing assignments, students will produce a portfolio of short fiction and poetry.

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ENGL2221 Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall, Spring:3.0)

An introductory course in which students will write both poetry and short fiction and read published examples of each. We will experiment with the formal possibilities of the two genres and look at what links and separates them. The course is workshop-based, with an emphasis on steady production and revision. Through exercises and/or open and directed writing assignments, students will produce a portfolio of short fiction and poetry.
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ENGL2221 Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall, Spring:3.0)

An introductory course in which students will write both poetry and short fiction and read published examples of each. We will experiment with the formal possibilities of the two genres and look at what links and separates them. The course is workshop-based, with an emphasis on steady production and revision. Through exercises and/or open and directed writing assignments, students will produce a portfolio of short fiction and poetry.
The Department

ENGL2221 Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall, Spring:3.0)

An introductory course in which students will write both poetry and short fiction and read published examples of each. We will experiment with the formal possibilities of the two genres and look at what links and separates them. The course is workshop-based, with an emphasis on steady production and revision. Through exercises and/or open and directed writing assignments, students will produce a portfolio of short fiction and poetry.

The Department

ENGL2221 Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall, Spring:3.0)

An introductory course in which students will write both poetry and short fiction and read published examples of each. We will experiment with the formal possibilities of the two genres and look at what links and separates them. The course is workshop-based, with an emphasis on steady production and revision. Through exercises and/or open and directed writing assignments, students will produce a portfolio of short fiction and poetry.

The Department

ENGL4412 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (Fall, Spring:3.0)

Over the past few decades, the best nonfiction being written has expanded to include not only such traditional forms as argument and exposition but also the mixed modes of creative nonfiction. As an intermediate-level course, we will build on the work of the First Year Writing Seminar and hone the skills needed in advanced writing electives. Students in this course choose their own topics and explore the range of possibilities now available to the nonfiction writer.

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ENGL4412 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (Fall, Spring:3.0)

Over the past few decades, the best nonfiction being written has expanded to include not only such traditional forms as argument and exposition but also the mixed modes of creative nonfiction. As an intermediate-level course, we will build on the work of the First Year Writing Seminar and hone the skills needed in advanced writing electives. Students in this course choose their own topics and explore the range of possibilities now available to the nonfiction writer.

The Department

ENGL4412 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (Fall, Spring:3.0)

Over the past few decades, the best nonfiction being written has expanded to include not only such traditional forms as argument and exposition but also the mixed modes of creative nonfiction. As an intermediate-level course, we will build on the work of the First Year Writing Seminar and hone the skills needed in advanced writing electives. Students in this course choose their own topics and explore the range of possibilities now available to the nonfiction writer.

The Department

ENGL4412 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (Fall, Spring:3.0)

Over the past few decades, the best nonfiction being written has expanded to include not only such traditional forms as argument and exposition but also the mixed modes of creative nonfiction. As an intermediate-level course, we will build on the work of the First Year Writing Seminar and hone the skills needed in advanced writing electives. Students in this course choose their own topics and explore the range of possibilities now available to the nonfiction writer.

The Department

Permission of instructor required for admission.

Students in this course will be selected on the basis of manuscript submission.  Please submit up to 10 double-spaced pages of writing, which can be an entire piece, part of a longer piece, or a compilation of shorter ones.  You can explain the nature of what you have submitted in an accompanying note.  Be sure to include your name and email address.  Materials should be submitted to Carlo Rotella via email (rotellca@bc.edu) as soon as possible.  Students will be notified by email as to whether they have been admitted to the course.

Carlo Rotella

ENGL4579 Writing Workshop: Fiction (Fall, Spring:3.0)

Enrollment limited to 15.

This course provides encouragement, practice, and criticism for students seriously interested in writing short fiction. The workshop format demands self-motivation and universal participation. Since students' stories are texts for class discussion, a generous willingness to respond to others' writing and to expose one's own work to such reactions is an essential prerequisite. Individual conferences with the instructor supplement the workshop discussions. Students are expected to produce a steady stream of new and revised fiction throughout the semester. Narrative preferences from the traditional to the experimental are welcome.

Suzanne Berne

ENGL4588 Business Writing (Fall, Spring:3.0)

For Carroll School of Management students, the course is also available as BCOM6688.

This course is designed to expose students to the type of writing done on the job. It is a practical course where real-life examples are used to illustrate appropriate writing strategies, style, language and formats commonly found in a business setting. By the end of the semester, students will be proficient in producing business correspondence, instructions, reports, proposals, resumes, and presentation materials.

ENGL4915 Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop (Spring:3.0)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required

This course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors (not freshmen), who will be selected on the basis of manuscript submission. Students should submit up to 8 double-spaced pages of writing (your submission may be part of a larger piece; if so, indicate this on the manuscript), along with a paragraph explaining your interest in the course and a list of other college level writing workshops you have taken, with instructors and grades. Ideally, the writing sample will be fiction, but if your strongest writing is in creative non-fiction or poetry or drama, that is also acceptable, though prose is encouraged. Include your e-mail address. Materials should be submitted via email to Chris Boucher by no later than November 3 at 5 pm. Students will be notified by e-mail by November 10, 2017 as to whether or not they have been admitted to the course.

Chris Boucher

ENGL4917 Advanced Poetry Workshop (Spring:3.0)

This is a workshop for poets with some experience who wish to work intensively to improve their work. We will read each other’s poetry closely and learn to take risks from the risky poets of the past thirty years or so. We will write collaborative poems, individual poems in traditional forms, long poems, and poems in series. The grade is based on informed and enthusiastic class participation and on a chapbook/portfolio submitted at semester’s end. No application process.

ENGL4533 ACNF: Writing About Place (Spring:3.0)

Enrollment by permission of instructor. Interested students should have taken a previous college level writing workshop (beyond FWS). To request admission to the course, e-mail Professor Graver (graver@bc.edu). Include a list of relevant coursework and writing experience and a 7 page (double-spaced) writing sample (preferably creative non-fiction, but fiction acceptable too. Sample may be a fragment of a longer piece). Students will be notified about admission by the first day of pre-registration.

Through the reading and writing of creative non-fiction essays, we will explore, chart, interrogate and depict various places in the natural and built world. Students will write and revise three ambitious, sustained essays over the course of the semester: the first about a place in nature; the second about a place with strong personal associations; and the third--a reported piece of immersion journalism--about a community or subculture in the Boston area. Readings will include work by Annie Dillard, Wendall Berry, Joy Williams, John McPhee, Joan Didion, Jamaica Kincaid and Viet Thanh Nguyen, who will visit campus this term.

Elizabeth Graver