Selected Topics in Writing & Rhetoric: Seminar in Creative Writing – Fiction

Professor: Sharon English
Course code: WRR308H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion/Tutorial

About this course

This workshop-based course teaches students about the creative writing process and the fundamentals of writing fiction specifically. Through readings of fiction in various genres, discussions, creative writing prompts and longer assignments, students learn how storytellers work with setting, character, scenes, structure, point-of-view, style and other elements. Students will learn how to take creative risks and grow through writing fiction, how to develop solid work from shaky drafts, how to be generous yet shrewd editors of their own and others’ work, and how and why to be active in a writing community.

What you’ll learn

  • Experience plants and trees up close through local field trips.
  • Learn how plants enable us not only to survive but thrive.
  • Trace humans’ changing understanding of and interactions with plants over time and place.
  • Analyze and write about plants from different perspectives — rhetorical, aesthetic, and political.

Course highlights

If you’re interested in different ways to think, write, and talk about the environment, especially plants, then this course will speak to you. Whether you are a science student seeking a fresh view of plants or a humanities or social science student interested in paying closer attention to the natural world, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of and a renewed appreciation for plants. You will deepen your knowledge about plants and the environment, and develop your ability to communicate that knowledge through a research project of your own choosing.

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