NWRW

1107

Essay Writing: Truth & Culture

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Essay Writing: Truth & Culture

Spring 2020

Taught By: Laura Cronk

Section: A

CRN: 6839

Credits: 3

“Personal writing sometimes seems more ubiquitous than ever, available everywhere in the form of blogs, reviews, and emerging publications. But what makes an essay successful, important, and necessary? In this course, we will think about the work that essay writing can accomplish in regards to achieving truth, mining your own depths, and engaging with culture. We will discuss nonfiction writing that spans from addressing trauma to race to family to food, all while attempting to write some of our best and most urgent work yet. We will read work from Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin, Jenny Zhang, T Kira Madden, and Audre Lorde, among others, and there will be ample opportunity for workshop and generative writing.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:05pm 10/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/10/2020

Essay Writing: Truth & Culture

Fall 2019

Taught By: Kyle Wu

Section: A

CRN: 4119

Credits: 3

“Personal writing sometimes seems more ubiquitous than ever, available everywhere in the form of blogs, reviews, and emerging publications. But what makes an essay successful, important, and necessary? In this course, we will think about the work that essay writing can accomplish in regards to achieving truth, mining your own depths, and engaging with culture. We will discuss nonfiction writing that spans from addressing trauma to race to family to food, all while attempting to write some of our best and most urgent work yet. We will read work from Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin, Jenny Zhang, T Kira Madden, and Audre Lorde, among others, and there will be ample opportunity for workshop and generative writing.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:07pm 10/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 615

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019

Essay Writing: Truth & Culture

Summer 2019

Taught By: Betty Ming Liu

Section: A

CRN: 1335

Credits: 3

Essays in their myriad forms are everywhere -- blogs, books of poetry, newspapers, digital magazines, and emerging publications of every kind. It could be argued that the essay is our most contemporary form, combining the immediacy and intimacy of a personal voice with the exploration of broader themes. Essays can push the culture into its most vulnerable corners, shining the light of reality into dark places that some would prefer remain hidden. Still, it is the essayist's job to reveal--not necessarily shock--the reader with the truth. In this class, we will read work from Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard, Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and The Best American Essays (2013) edited by Cheryl Strayed. We discuss the history, purpose, and evolution of the personal essay, all while attempting to write some of our best work to date.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:05pm 10/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 6/3/2019 - 8/4/2019