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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENG 295-01 - Special Topic: Creative Writing Workshop: Writing Shame: Reading & Crafting Literary Embarrassment

2 credits (Spring)
This course is an exploration of the relationship between writing and shame. Are secrets integral to plot? Do narratives of redemption hold more cultural value than narratives of disgrace? What can technology-driven narrative written modes (texting, tweeting, blogging Facebook, etc.) teach us about shame and storytelling? How can we utilize shame to our benefit in writing our own creative works of fiction and nonfiction? Student work in this course will focus on developing characters’ motivation and personalities by tying their most humiliating traits and secrets to plot development. In additionto writing exercises, we will explore and analyze textual examples by authors such as Junot Diaz, Lynda Barry, David Sedaris and George Saunders.

Prerequisite: ENG 205  or ENG 206 .
Note: Meets 03/04/16 to 04/29/16. Half semester deadlines apply. S/D/F only.
Instructor: Nutting