In this class, students will explore various creative writing strategies, techniques, structures, materials, and the basic elements of craft for writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to reading short stories, poems, nonfiction travel writing, and essays on craft, students will be expected to complete several substantive writing exercises so that they might take a practitioner’s approach to writing in these three genres. Writing workshops will be the centerpiece of the course, with required background readings tied to seven of the countries we visit. The course will be divided evenly among practice in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with students electing to specialize in one of these genres for their final project. Students are expected to keep a writer’s notebook where they transcribe and reflect on their experiences and questions about travel around the Atlantic Rim.
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Day: 1 - Dublin - Friday, 20 September
The day will begin at the Dublin Writers Museum at 18 Parnell Street. A guided tour of the museum by the curator will be included. Next we will go to the James Joyce Center at North Great George's Street, where we can rent audio tour materials and go on a two-hour walking tour of all the sites of Dubliners (which we shall have just read). We will eat our lunch along the way. We will spend the afternoon writing at the National Museum of Ireland, paying particular attention to the bodies preserved in peat bogs as a topic of a short story. We will spend an hour debriefing and writing onboard ship when we return. Academic Objectives: 1. To learn first-hand about the relationships between Joyce and where/what he wrote; 2. To practice writing the short story;