The Art of Storytelling: Becoming a Writer

Schools of Public Engagement: Creative Writing

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Becoming a Writer
Fall 2024
Taught By: Zia Jaffrey
Section: A

CRN: 17163

Credits: 3

How does one become a writer? Have confidence in one’s perceptions? Lend structure to memories that may otherwise feel chaotic and ephemeral? Allow ideas, events, and moments to breathe and give birth on the page? In this seminar/workshop, we study personal essays, fiction, reportage, and poetic texts, with an ear towards craft. Readings explore immigration, race, class, war, gender, post-colonialism, the environment, and more, and include such contemporary authors as Elizabeth Acevedo, Hilton Als, Natalie Diaz, Etgar Keret, Mosab Abu Toha, and Ocean Vuong. Each week, we write a quick, free-form, creative response to prompts based on the readings. Later in the semester, we bring a response of our choice to the workshop for development— and complete a work we can feel proud of. Supplemental readings, discussions, and videos focus on the creative process. Visual artists working with text are also welcome.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Creative Writing (CRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:24am EDT 5/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 8/28/2024 - 12/4/2024