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Fall 2014 English BC3120 section 001

Call Number 06759
Day & Time
R 11:00am-12:50pm
To be announced
Points 3
Approvals Required Department
Instructor Catherine Barnett
Course Description Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: The aim of this creative nonfiction workshop is to write essays that use the self as an instrument for rendering the world, with a focus on "the portrait"--of self, other, place, time. We will look at essays as illumination, provocation, persuasion, and pleasure. Students will explore and define for themselves the limits and liberties of creative nonfiction, a genre that combines fact with the imagination, objective "truth" with personal (and thus subjective) perception. The elements of fiction-scene-setting, dialogue, characterization, story-telling, conflict, surprise, pacing, exposition-animate the best creative non-fiction, and we'll study these tools as we explore new material, try out new ideas, and develop the habits of art. Students will be encouraged to hone their powers of observation, to choose subjects that are of interest to them, and to respond personally, actively, emotionally, and intellectually to the world around them, translating this engagement into language that will, in turn, engage a reader. To this end we will write often, both in and out of class, reading the work of our predecessors and contemporaries to see how they practice the craft.
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Department English @Barnard
Enrollment 4 students as of 11:53PM Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Subject English
Number BC3120
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20143ENGL3120X001

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