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ENGL 3105. Introduction to Fiction Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C. A workshop involving the production and in-class critique of students' own narrative prose fiction. The course entails some written analysis of the work of published fiction writers and, especially, of fellow students' work. Assignments will likely focus on the short story but may also include flash fiction, microfiction, and sections of longer narratives. Students will also receive an introductory overview of the publishing markets for fiction and how to pursue them for publication.


ENGL 3106. Introduction to Poetry Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C. A workshop involving the production and in-class critique of students' own verse. The course entails some written analysis of the work of published poets and, especially, of fellow students' poems. Assignments will allow students to pursue work in forms of their own choosing and may also require work in specific forms such as verse in meter and received forms, ekphrastic, and persona. Students will also receive an introductory overview of the publishing markets for poetry and how to pursue them for publication.


ENGL 3107. Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C. Creative nonfiction is fact-based writing that utilizes literary techniques. Through writing assignments and selected readings this course will introduce students to the breadth of genres and possibilities within the form, including personal essays, memoirs, collage essays, flash essays and lyrical essays. Students will read and workshop one another’s writings, and conduct in-class writing experiments and group editing, and will receive an introductory overview of the publishing markets for nonfiction and how to pursue them for publication.


ENGL 3108. Introduction to Playwriting (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C. A workshop requiring the production and in-class critique of students’ dramatic work. Selected readings and writing exercises will emphasize craft techniques and introduce students to the wide range of stylistic modes within the basic form, including dramatic monologues, 10-minute plays, flash drama, immersion theatre, musical-theatre book/libretto writing, and performance texts. Students will receive insights into the mechanics of pitching scripts to producers, staging plays, and the markets for publication.


ENGL 3109. Introduction to Screenwriting (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C. A workshop requiring the production and in-class critique of students' original writing for the screen. Selected readings and screenings will facilitate an understanding of film structure, film story analysis, and image-driven storytelling. Writing exercises may include story treatments, beat sheets, character development, silent short-short screenplays, short genre-based screenplays, and season outlines for an original webseries. Students will receive insights into the pitching process, collaborating with a production team, and moving into the film festival circuit.