Creative Writing: The Craft of Style

Creative Writing: The Craft of Style

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English
8 h
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  • 4 Sequences
  • Introductive Level

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Meaning, Sense, and Clarity
    Here in the first module we focus on putting pressure on your words so that they mean what you intend. We balance abstraction with the need to make good sense. And we discuss the first and last stylistic difficulty of any prose writer, being clear.
  • Week 2 - Writing with Nouns and Verbs
    In the second module we look at the various parts of speech and how two of them—nouns and verbs—are the building blocks of good style and good narratives. By relying on nouns, we make the people, places, and things of the narrative world vivid. By relying on...
  • Week 3 - Economy
    In the third module, having practiced putting words in, we learn to take them out. And why: for humor, for clarity, for cleanliness, and for that fleet quality of wit that makes a style irresistible.
  • Week 4 - "No Ideas But in Things"
    In the the final module of the course, we learn to balance the drive to get at ideas and feelings, with the need the story always has for concreteness, realness. We learn to express ideas in the form of physical things in a narrative world, to produce a style...

Prerequisite

None.

Instructors

Salvatore Scibona
Frank B. Weeks Visiting Professor of English

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At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit.

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