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Creative Writing 05 Abstract Colours

Summer 2019

CRW 234 Writing for Screen & TV - Jo Carlise

An introduction to the craft and art of screenwriting.  In this course students will develop skills of critical analysis and do collaborative work, to waken imagination in the dramatic medium. Students exit the class with the first act of a feature length narrative script.  We will study autobiographical sources, three-act structure, log lines, and examine works such as Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree, Dee Reese’s Pariah, and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

CRW 246 Playwriting - Johnny Payne

This course focuses on mastering essentials of dramatic technique, such as scene construction, creation of characters and dialogue, setting, pacing, and stagecraft. Beginning with a detailed analysis of Hamlet as an exemplary play of dramatic cause and effect, we will spend the first two weeks of the course examining how it is put together. David Ball’s manual Backward and Forward will allow us to break down its scenes, and to analyze its flawless structure. We will then move on to a variety of modern and contemporary plays, gauging how each is made, and what it has to offer you as a playwright in progress. This course will debut a sophisticated (and easy to use) virtual reality game, Backslide, for Oculus, which invites you to write a play backward, then forward. I will preview the game to those who are interested.

CRW 248 Latin American Chronicle - Dr. Juana Moriel-Payne

Since its beginning after the European and (Latin) American encounter, to the Twentieth Century, Latin American Chronicle has observed the complex reality of urban spaces. It has included journalistic and literary elements, with a narrator/observer who is emotionally involved in his other socio-historical narratives, perceptions that make the genre a subjective one. In this sense, chroniclers are enunciator-narrators who take a significant distance from journalism to transgress the official-social representations by exposing social tensions and conflicts.

CRW 299C Publishing Seminar - Thomas Cook

What is a novel? What aesthetic and social movements shape the publishing landscape? This seminar exposes students to the theories and practices that drive commercial and academic publishing across selected genres and markets. The course culminates in a hands-on editing and publishing project directed by students.

Fall 2019

CRW 216 Bilingual Creative non-writing I: Latin American & Latinx Memoir

*Bilingual: the course welcomes students who manage the two languages from 10% to 100%, students able to participate to the best of their ability in bilingual discussions and workshops, able to read with diligence peers’ manuscripts written in Spanish, and willing to attempt to read half of the assigned books in Spanish (English-version is available in all cases). This is a creative writing course that looks at Spanish beyond grammar. Its aim is NOT to limit the writing process-experience but to encourage it without boundaries. 

In this course we will analyze autobiographies/memoirs of Latin American and Latina authors from the last decade of the 20th as we write our own memoirs. Through the memoirs of Reinaldo Arenas, Gioconda Belli, and Rosario Ferré, we will explore how they used the memoir to reflect and expose a time of transformations and contradictions among the Latin American cultural & literary world. With Reyna Grande and Esmeralda Santiago, we will see memoirs that explore themes as immigration, assimilation, bilingualism, among others, in United States. Together, those works will open us a door to explore and write about our unique cultural-transcultural personal and/or literary experience in Spanish/ English-Spanish.