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ENGL BC3105 Fiction and Personal Narrative. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here:

Section 1: In this workshop you will read and write across genre works of formally inventive and exciting contemporary prose, developing an innovative vocabulary to discuss writing. We will think of writing as process, from weekly exercises to longer pieces that will be workshopped twice a semester. 


Section 2 (priority Barnard first-year students; transfer and returning students will be accommodated if there is room in the course)This class centers on the appreciation, analysis, and practice of short literary fiction, including personal narrative. In addition to weekly writing exercises, twice a semester each student will make available to the entire class longer pieces for "workshopping." These pieces will receive written evaluations from instructor and peers both. We will also read and study narrative by published authors -- historical and contemporary. In both student-generated and published work we will consider elements of prose narrative from structure to characterization, plot to voice, etc., in the hopes that such consideration will encourage student writers to expand their writerly repertoire and improve their work in terms of both craft and literary substance.