Decision / Making: Foundations in Literary Arts & Creative Writing
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Decision/ Making:Foundations in Literary Arts & Creative Writing is a year-long, foundational level program for students interested in immersing themselves in the Literary Arts Path of Study. Decision/Making introduces students to the conversations and practices of writing and reading at the college level, while providing a supportive environment for students to grow their skills in preparation for advanced level programs.
All writing begins with a series of decisions about genre, intention, words, tone, and structure. Writers develop by learning to critically reflect on the moves we make and how our choices affect our ability to communicate with audiences. Our decisions are also influenced by our own point of view and perspective. As critical and creative writers, one of our tasks is to learn how to reflect on, become aware of, and convey our perspectives.
This three-quarter long program, devoted to exploring authorial choices and artistic decisions made in rhetoric & composition, literature, and creative writing, wagers that as we become more reflective and aware decision-makers as writers, we will become more reflective and aware decision-makers in other areas of our lives.
During the fall quarter, Decision/Making will focus widely in prose genres. Expect to build a repertoire of skills and fluencies in the literary arts through regular and repeating practices of analysis and invention. Students will learn narrative techniques, close reading, glossing, annotation, note-taking, textual citation, and other compositional skills for writing essays in the humanist tradition. Students will also explore other prose genres including fiction and creative nonfiction. One area of focus will be on how groups of people and individuals make decisions in crises. This question will be explored through readings in eco-literature, including climate fictions and speculative fictions that function not only as art, but as thought experiments that allow us to imagine and compose alternatives. Long historical works will allow us to explore decision-making over a lifetime, such as Shahrnush Parsipur's Touba and the Meaning of the Night. In addition we will read Ann Petry's The Street , Tracy K. Smith's Ordinary Light and a range of other novels, short stories, and nonfiction.
In winter quarter, Decision/Making: The Essay , emphasizes nonfiction forms. We will deepen the practice of creative nonfiction with drafts and intensive revisions of three essays: a personal essay; an essay of place; and a work of literary journalism, a rising form in online publishing. We will also continue to read published works, including essays that represent a diverse range of time periods, regions, and experiences.
In the spring, Decision/Making: Immersed in Story, will concentrate exclusively on the art of fiction. This quarter will be divided into a four-week intensive writing unit, followed by a five-week studio project unit and culminate in a public reading of original work created in the program.
Class Size: 50
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia