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Instructor Info:Nathalie Arnold
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Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday
06:30 PM - 09:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4

This course is designed for students whose Division IIs will feature some form of creative writing. Taking up the concept of ‘mystery’ as key both to reading and writing fiction, this reading and workshop course asks students to take inspiration for story-telling in their exploration of the worlds around us as well as from our own internal geographies.

Questions we will ask include: How can our imaginations be invigorated both by taking a fresh and deeper look at those things we think we already know, and by openness to new topics? What does it mean to imagine a fictional world? What role does ‘mystery’ play in both reading and writing fiction? How and where does ‘mystery’ unfold on the page? How can intentional ‘not-saying’ generate a sense of wonder?  If writing fiction is to enable readers to ‘dream’ while awake, reader, how can writers draw on their own sleepingdreams, daydreams, or accidental insights from imaginative play to find the seeds of story? How can the act of writing itself transform, sharpen, and guide a writer’s internal sight? And what questions can each of us use to guide us forward as we sharpen and deepen our craft?

Course Objectives:

This semester, we: seek the sources of mystery in a range of contemporary stories; transform intriguing news from the ‘real’ ‘external’ world as well as the (also real) world of our own internal geographies and daydreams into richly imagined fictional experiences; and generate a helpful critical language for talking about student work. We will keep: ‘mystery’ -- as well as ‘the curious, the arresting, the chilling and the true’--  at the forefront at all times in an effort to give our imaginations freer, wilder rein. Short writing exercises, weekly responses to the readings, two story writing assignments, and active workshops will help class members to: experiment widely, make writing a part of daily life, and increase their command of the core elements of craft.


*****Students should be in their third semester, be preparing to file Division II,

and should have taken at least one 100-level creative writing course.***


Evaluation Criteria:

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