2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Writer's Workshop

NEW! Last Updated: 03/30/2009

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Nancy Parkes writing, sustainability, public policy

Major areas of study include writing, creative writing, literature, and research.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program accepts new students Spring Quarter.

Note: This 12-credit program will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on five Saturdays each quarter (winter: Jan. 17, 31, Feb. 14, 28, Mar. 14; spring: Apr. 11, 25, May 9, 23, Jun. 6). First Spring Quarter class meets in Sem 2 B3105.

This is a two-quarter writing program in which students will concentrate on both non-fiction and fiction. Throughout Writer's Workshop, we will build on our knowledge of what makes good writing and how to employ literary techniques that help us to write vibrantly. During winter, we will emphasize memoir, literary or investigative journalism, personal essay, and non-fiction story writing. During spring, we will concentrate primarily on short story writing (or novel chapters), creative non-fiction, and some forms of poetry. Through both extensive reading and writing, we will study the architecture of good writing. Students will focus on narrative voice, character, scene, plot, movement, and cohesion. Most importantly, we will focus on nurturing ourselves as creative writers and individuals seeking to create a disciplined structure that sustains our work. Students will gain significant skills in critical reading and peer editing. Structured, peer critique group time will be an integral part of the program. Smaller writing assignments will be experiential and assigned; larger writing assignments will be designed and structured by the student with approval by the faculty. The faculty member will provide extensive feedback, and will also expect students to widen their circle of critics by using the Writing Center, peer feedback, and other outside entities. Although this program will help students to gain useful skills for several key career areas, strong writing and communication skills are an integral part of a strong liberal arts education and will be beneficial to any career. Credits will be awarded in such areas as literature, expository writing, and creative writing. Excellent attendance and full participation in all activities are required for full credit.

Credits: 12 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in writing, communications, teaching, and public policy.

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 12th, 2008 Winter quarter class location added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring quarter class location added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring quarter enrollment details added.
March 30th, 2009 Spring location changed.