EGL 65 WB — Scene by Scene: The Building Blocks of Story
Although the time commitment for this course is dependent
upon one’s degree of participation, students should
plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to
participate at a substantial level.
This is the first course of the four-quarter sequence "The Craft of Creative Writing: The Essential Tools." The four courses will focus on Scene (Fall 2016), Character (Winter 2017), Description (Spring 2017), and The Sentence (Summer 2017). These courses are less workshop-oriented than most Continuing Studies Creative Writing courses, instead devoting each quarter to an intensive and wide-ranging practicum in a key question of craft. The purpose of these courses is to give students a more comprehensive treatment of craft issues than might be found in other courses. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.
Deborah Johnson, AuthorDeborah Johnson’s latest novel is The Secret of Magic, which received the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Her previous novel, The Air Between Us, received the Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction. She has been a translator and editor, a broadcaster at Vatican Radio, and director of the Colom Foundation in Columbus, Mississippi.
Textbooks for this course:
(Recommended) Williford and Martone, Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (ISBN 1416531742)
(Required) Tom Perrotta, Little Children (ISBN 0312315732)
(Required) Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (ISBN 0812981227)
(Recommended) Brett Anthony Johnston, Naming the World (ISBN Naming the World)