ENGL 898 (01) - Special Studies in Creative Writing

Spec Study in Creative Writing

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2023 - Full Term (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 56368
Courses offered under this number focus on topics within creative writing, such as poetic influences, the short story form, and writing the novel. The precise topics and methods of each section vary. Barring duplication of subject, course may be repeated for credit. For details, see the course descriptions available in the English Department.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
Instructors: Jaed Coffin

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 T 2:10pm - 5:00pm HS 250C
Additional Course Details: 

Spring 2023 Special Topic: THE SPOKEN STORY

In this course, we’ll be focusing on the ancient and recently resurgent genre of the spoken story. While spoken narratives pre-date written ones, the dominance of text as the default vehicle for storytelling has recently been challenged by live platforms like The Moth Radio Hour, Storycorps, TED and many, many others. In the first half of the semester, we’ll be engaging with these various platforms, studying them for structure and image, lyric and movement (just as we would with any narrative). In the second half of the term, we’ll be developing our own stories and learning how to produce them for both live and digital consumption. Students should be prepared to “perform” narratives in this class—a skill that will draw on the poet’s mind for memorization and compression, the fiction writer’s mind for plotting and pacing, and the nonfiction writer’s mind for engaging with the raw material of personal experience. The semester will end with a (small scale) live storytelling event.