ENGH 608: Craft Seminars

ENGH 608-001: Bndries: Wrtng Abt One's Famly
(Fall 2022)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Horizon Hall 1009

Section Information for Fall 2022

What are the boundaries we need to observe when we write about people whose lives are intertwined with ours by family ties or by other long-term commitments?  How can we write with honesty without infringing on their privacy or hurting their feelings (Or: is that even possible)?  What is the difference between speaking the truth and airing one’s long-held resentments?  These and other questions will be asked.  Answers will be attempted by reading memoirs and personal essays by published writers and looking at the choices these writers made in their narrative structure, perspective, character development, scene construction, sense of place and time, using research, balancing narrative and reflection, etc.  Writers whose books are considers may include: Vivian Gornick, Jamaica Kincaid, Lucas Mann, Mike Scalise.  We will also read from anthologies of shorter works by various writers.  The course is intended for MFA students in any genre.  All others are required to obtain the instructor’s permission to register.

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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. Notes: Assignments vary with genre and specific topic. May be taken concurrently with ENGH 564, 565, 566. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to MFA program or ENGH 494, ENGH 492, ENGH 486, or permission of instructor. Non-MFA students must submit manuscript for review prior to registration.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18, Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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