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ENGL 4301: Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing: Home

An OER For Prof. Helen Phillips, Fall 2023

Course Description

This is a capstone seminar in the craft of creative writing, geared toward advanced writers of fiction, poetry, and plays. There will be a focus on both experimentation and the development of a personal style through writing exercises and workshops. Readings and individual meetings will also be incorporated. Topics for discussion include: voice, monologue, point of view, dialogue, subtext, escalation, juxtaposition, tension, imagery, form, innovation, mood, creativity, writing practices, revision, publishing, the writer’s life, and how different genres can instruct and influence each other. The fourth online hour will consist of weekly Blackboard blog posts in which we will discuss the readings and themes of the course in greater depth.

Throughout the semester, you will explore your voice and expand your craft. The emphasis is on process more than product. You will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges.