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Washington and Lee University    
  Feb 23, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog archived

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ENGL 391 - Topics in Creative Writing

Three credits in 200-level English and instructor consent. Previous workshop experience recommended. Students who have successfully completed ENGL 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, or 207 should inform the department's administrative assistant, who will grant them permission to enroll; otherwise a writing sample will be required. An advance workshop in creative writing. Genres and topics will vary, but all versions involve intensive reading and writing. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2018, ENGL 391-01: Topic: Exploring Prose Poems and Other Hybrid Forms (3). Prerequisite: Students who have taken a previous creative writing workshop in any genre should write to Mrs. O'Connell at to obtain instructor consent. Other students should send a short sample of their creative writing to Professor Wheeler at Students explore how the language, devices, forms, music, cadences, and impulses of poetry, prose, and related disciplines may be brought to bear on the creation of hybrid forms. We read, discuss, and write reflective essays about hybrid works that blur or multiply a text's visual, aural, sonic, intellectual, emotional, tactile, political, cultural, and other effects. Students also create at least one hybrid piece each week and prepare a larger final project or portfolio. Above all, they playfully engage practices outside their usual comfort zones, and in generating new work, push towards intellectually and aesthetically challenging experiences. (HA) Igloria.


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