Spring Semester Senior Choice

In this semester-long course students will write the first draft of a book. Participants will choose to write a book of poetry, a novel, a collection of stories, a hybrid or trans-genre work, a book of literary nonfiction or memoir, a graphic novel, or a form of their devising. The primary focus of the class will be to generate ideas and writings, as well as begin to consider revision at all scales—from word choice to structure across the entire manuscript. We will study book structures, organizations, patterns, and traditions by looking at books from many genres, time periods, and cultures. We will also consider the histories, resistances and alternatives to, and present realities of publishing—including gatekeeping, censorship, pathways, and barriers. The purpose of this course is to generate the complete first draft of a manuscript that the writer might choose to continue to revise and develop through a more advanced class, workshop, or independent study.