Prose Nonfiction: The Essay
This will be a course in the essay, and it is designed to help students who are writing an undergraduate thesis-length paper. We will begin by getting acquainted with various kinds of essays—narrative and descriptive, personal and research-based, critical and analytical, etc.—and finding the forms that would best suit the individual students’ projects. Class time for most of the semester will be devoted to workshops, in which we read and respond to students’ writing as they complete their prospectuses, organizational plans, and various drafts. Students will learn how to recognize and rectify stylistic, organizational, logical, and rhetorical problems. Several short exercises will be required during the semester, and a twenty-page paper will be due at its end.
The only assigned text will be a Class Reader of published essays.
To be considered for admission to this class, please submit 5-10 photocopied pages of your original nonfiction, along with an application form, to Catherine Gallagher's mailbox in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 p.m., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, AT THE LATEST.
Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!
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