Faculty of Arts


ENGLISH 344

Writing Creative Prose


Description

Description

This is an art and craft class for students interested in refining skills in writing fiction and creative non-fiction. We study a range of local and international models, write and revise weekly exercises, workshop and revise longer pieces and develop the close-reading ability as a writer rather than as a critic.

In the weekly seminar we focus on key aspects of technique, including narrative structure, point of view, character, setting and use of dialogue. We’ll discuss work by a range of contemporary practitioners (available in set texts and a course reader) to explore the demands and possibilities of creative prose. In weekly workshops, students will workshop drafts of a 3000-word short story and a 2500-word personal essay. In both seminar and workshops, students are expected to be active participants and committed readers.

Workshops begin in Week One of the semester. At the first meeting, you will commit to workshop dates for both pieces of creative work. You will be expected to workshop complete drafts of those pieces, and to write weekly responses to the workshop submissions of your peers.

Please note that there is a large amount of reading for this class of both published and peer work. You must be able to commit to the ten-hour-a-week average work load. Weekly quizzes assess your engagement with the published work, and these count towards your final grade.

The work of students in ENGLISH 344 is performed at a special LOUNGE event at Old Government House in May. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute – as editors and/or writers – to The Three Lamps e-lit journal.

The vast majority of students in this class have taken ENGLISH 252 (Introduction to Creative Writing) first, and students are urged to take this class before applying for entry to ENGLISH 344. While exceptions can be made, remember that the fundamental aspects of technique for both fiction and creative nonfiction are covered in 252. It is not possible to take ENGLISH 252 and 344 simultaneously.

Class limits information for 2018: Enrolment for this class is highly competitive. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Students who received a B+ or higher in their FINAL PORTFOLIO for ENGLISH 252:

  1. Email p.morris@auckland.ac.nz with APPLICATION FOR ENGLISH 344 in the subject line. In the body of the email, list your name, student number and the mark you received for your ENGLISH 252 portfolio.
  2. Waitlist yourself for the course and wait to hear that you’ve been cleared for enrolment.

Students who have not taken ENGLISH 252:

  1. Email p.morris@auckland.ac.nz with APPLICATION FOR ENGLISH 344 in the subject line. In the body of the email, list your name, student number and the reason you wish to take this class. Please note why you were not able to take ENGLISH 252.
  2. Attach a WORD document with a short story or personal essay of 2000-3000 words as a sample of your work. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and in Times New Roman 12-point type. Poetry, drama or academic essays are not accepted as writing samples. Nothing shorter than 2000 words is admissible.
  3. Waitlist yourself for the course and wait to hear that you’ve been cleared for enrolment.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Lecturer(s) Dr Paula Morris

Reading/Texts

Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer

Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City

Course Reader [Note: purchase from UBS and bring to first seminar]

Assessment

Coursework only: Participation, reading quizzes and two portfolios (exercises and long piece)

Points

ENGLISH 344: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

60 points passed and approval by Programme Coordinator

Restrictions

ENGLISH 328


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