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Semester and Year Offered: Winter, 2019
Course Coordinator: Belinder Dhanoa
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: The course is open to the MA Literary Art students.
The course aims to give the student a strong foundation in non-fiction writing. The course will also provide the foundation for critical analysis of writing, and examine the need to reflect on critical cultural issues.
The course will examine forms of Literary / Narrative Non-fiction through a rigorous engagement with textual analysis, as well as the production of literary non-fiction texts. Forms within this include biography, autobiography, memoir, diary, travel writing, chronicle, meditative, lyric and personal essays and other hybridized forms of the essay. These will be examined through the choices the writer makes while thinking through the relationship between form and content.
The course will also encourage collaborate work, and will produce a book written and edited by the students.
This course requires weekly reading and writing. Each week we will read and respond to the recommended texts and to students’ writing, and address some specific issues about the forms and mechanics of writing. Each student will also be expected to pick a particular form of Narrative Non-fiction, develop and research a topic, and write a semester-end piece in the chosen form. The student will also be expected to submit an annotated bibliography.
The course will be instructed through a combination of lecture based classes, reading and discussions of key theoretical texts and student presentations. The sessions will be conducted on a seminar/workshop model.
Course Outcomes: It is expected that on completion of the course the student will have:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
This course requires a substantial amount of reading and writing. Each week we will read and respond to students' Weekly Writing Exercises and address some specific issues about the mechanics of writing. The activities for each week will include three important steps:
1. Assigned Reading
2. Weekly Writing Exercise
3. Class Discussions and Critique of Assigned Reading and Student Writing.
Module 1: This unit will be a foundation in reflective practice. This unit will have a historical inflection to demonstrate how writers have experimented within specific genres, so that students can understand writing in terms of form, content and practice.
Module 2: Students will generate, shape and edit their own writings. The unit will explore the elements of writing, research, interviewing, editing and revision. This module will encourage a collaborative process, and will result in the making of a book written and edited by the students.
Module 3: This unit will equip a student with the skills required to lead a workshop discussion through identifying the use and efficacy of the various devices and strategies of writing in the assigned readings, including the writings of the students.
Readings through the semester are supplemented by suggestions to individual students directed to their interests with regard to genre, themes, and ideas. Students are also encouraged to suggest texts for discussion.