College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 608: Craft Seminars

ENGH 608-002: Sentiment without Sentimentality
(Spring 2017)

Innovation Hall 316

Section Information for Spring 2017

What kind of sincerity is possible in an age of irony? How can prose writers in a post-post-modern era evoke emotion? What strategies and techniques are most effective and powerful? What strategies and techniques don’t work? What is the line between sentiment and sentimentality? Assigned and student-selected readings will be examined to help students define their writing goals and find the best means to achieve them. Writing requirement: 30 pages of prose, either fiction or nonfiction. Reading will include stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, A. M. Homes, and Edward jones, as well as personal essays by Leslie Jamieson and Charles D’Ambrosio.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Non-MFA students seeking permission must submit manuscript of original written work in appropriate genre. Various sections offer work in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, each focusing in different ways on the practices and the craft development of writers. Numerous writing assignments mixed with reading followed by careful analytical and craft discussions.


Assignments vary with genre and specific topic. May be taken concurrently with ENGH 564, 565, 566.

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