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Spring 2013:
Experimental Writing Workshops

Thanks to support from the Department of English, the following Experimental Writing Workshops will be offered in Spring 2013. To register for an Experimental Writing Workshop, see the English Department listings on SPIRE.  For more information on the Workshops in general, click here.

English 297AA  Writing, Audience and Rhetoric in Popular Culture

Violetta Marmor & Jesse Priest

Wednesday  6:15-8:45

Bartlett 101

For this class popular culture will be our primary text. But what do we mean by pop culture? Some define pop culture as mainstream interests and styles that might not typically be included in high definitions of literature. Some believe you wouldn’t find pop culture in a museum. Today many see pop culture as being performed online. We will begin examining what is pop culture and then explore how our writing may (or may not) express the same rhetorical moves as traditional writing. 


English 297AB Difference and Desire: Writing the Queer Self

Christopher Hennessy & Rachael Katz

Wednesday  4:40-&7:10

Bartlett 105

This course will encourage students to use creative writing to fashion their own sense of difference and subversive identity. Students should be prepared to think about writing as a fundamentally queer practice. We will resist and trouble normative views of sexuality, gender performance, behavior, dress, etc., as ways of being in a world in which sameness is privileged and difference is suspect.


English 297AC  Exploring the Subconscious: Dreams and Writing

Colleen Barry & Christopher Lott

Thursday 6:30-9:00pm

Bartlett 101

In this course you will become more aware of the kaleidoscope of possibilities that live within your writing. Beginning with dreams often yields a key to previously undiscovered content and forms—from here, our writing will enable us to shift perspectives and stimulate imaginative possibilities for your creative work.


English 297AD   Writing as Social Action

Sean Gordon & Neelofer Qadir

Thursday 4:00-6:30

Room: TBA

How do writers engage their communities? How do texts manifest social and political perspectives? How do writers influence or produce social change? Can a writer be a social activist? Taking place at the intersection of discourse and practice, this course asks students to explore writing as (social) action.


English 297BG  Intersections: Cross Genre, Cross Topic, Cross Form

Peggy Woods

Thursday 4:00-6:30pm

Bartlett 303A

Poetic essays? A fictional cookbook? Romance and economics? We tend to think of different genres of writing (creative writing and academic writing), different topics (humanities and science) and different forms (cookbooks and computer manuals) as separate things that don’t mix. But what happens when the elements of creative writing mix with the elements of academic writing? When the form of the short story mixes with the computer manual form? When seemingly separate fields meet? We’ll begin at these intersections and explore where our writing takes us.




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