COURSE DESCRIPTION: Loaded with warm-up exercises, prompts, and peer interaction, this online writing workshop will challenge you to heighten your imagination, deepen your vocabulary (diction and syntax), and expand your capacity to make creative connections in the process of writing in three genres: Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction?while paying close attention to purpose, audience, and point of view. COURSE OBJECTIVES: To discover the essence of and your own aptitude for the craft of writing To expand, improve, and refine your writing skills and mechanics To learn the power and necessity of revision?and surprise! To hone editorial skills in offering valuable feedback to peer writers To master invention and revision at all stages of the writing process To synthesize approaches to writing so that each nourishes the other To attain confidence in your ongoing potential as a writer
REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS: Murray, Donald M. Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heineman, 1996. (Note: This is available through the UVM bookstore or various online stores.) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TEXTS: In addition to the "Annotated Bibliography: Your Library of Craft" (pages 159-165) in Murray's Crafting a Life, I recommend: The Art of the Personal Essay, An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. by Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books, 1994. Naming the World, and other Exercises for the Creative Writer. Ed. by Bret Anthony Johnson. New York: Random House, 2007. Writing Creative Nonfiction, Instructions and Insights from the teachers of the Associated Writing Programs. Ed. by Carolyn Forche and Philip Gerard, Cincinnati: Story Press, 2001. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: One poem, one piece of short fiction, one personal essay (creative nonfiction) Daily responses in your online Writer?s Notebook Responses to readings and active, prompt participation in online Discussions Dynamic involvement in online peer-response group workshops THE WRITER?S NOTEBOOK: You are expected to write at minimum one entry per day, shifting and alternating perspective by utilizing each of the three points of view: first-person ("I/We..."), second-person ("You..."), and third-person (?He/She/They..."). Unlike our Writing Discussions, these online entries will be read only by the instructor, and checked daily.