This course is about rendering the abstractions of imagery into the concrete medium of written language. In this class, students explore the complex ways in which abstract and concrete languages interrelate with each other. Discussions will focus on the primacy of the sentence, the distinction between observation and inference (argument/quarrel), and the basic dynamics of successful writing. Where is language weaponized, where does it make poetic revelation? All students will periodically workshop their own texts: fables and parables, journals and letters, autobiographical reflections, personal essays, drama scenes, or poems. To share what one observes, what one deduces, and what
one wants to frame for others clearly and effectively, takes skill and practice. This course is part assigned reading of texts, part discussion, part exercise all practice in the pursuit of clarifying the poetics of self-possession, author-ity, and self-expression.
Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)