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Experimental Writing

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Experimental Writing is offered to high school students interested in producing works of fiction and non-fiction. By thinking critically about both established authors' works and those of their peers, students will enhance their own understanding of writing. They will have the opportunity to practice drafting in a variety of styles and genres, including memoir, poetry, fiction, and playwriting. There will be a strong emphasis on the craft of writing, the revision process,and the presentation of written material.

The course will introduce students to contemporary American writing, as well as to the creative writing workshop format. We will discuss poems, non-fiction, and short stories from contemporary American authors, paying attention to the writer’s stylistic techniques. Students will complete creative assignments that are related to those reading materials. As we workshop these assignments, students will learn to critique and to have their worked critiqued according to the standards established by the discussion of our literary examples. This course will serve as a foundational course for students interested in the further study of both modern American literature and of creative writing. By paying careful attention to language in readings, creative responses, and revisions, students will gain the foundational tools for close reading that under-gird the study of literature; these are the same skills that prepare students to craft expressive writing, whatever its genre.

In this course, students will gain the vocabulary and the critical tools that are necessary to analyze all genres of literature (fiction, poetry, drama, etc.). They will learn to implement these tools to describe and analyze canonical literature. Students will also learn the difference between simple editing and complex revising; by the end of the course, they will be able to truly revise their written work.

An interest in reading and an openness to writing in a variety of genres is required.