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2021 Spring


Anthony Marais
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The aim of COM 351 is to improve your creative writing and critical thinking skills, enable you to generate writing in the future, and to impart the methodology necessary for a career as a creative writer. To accomplish this, students will receive training in practical and theoretical aspects of creative writing through lectures, critical readings and exercises, focusing on narrative fiction in four types: essays, screenplays, novels and short stories.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

Feb 10

Syllabus Review, Teaching Creative Writing, Art vs. Science, Rules of Writing

2. Crafting Conversation

Feb 17

Art & Creativity, The Aesthetics Schematic, Aphorisms vs. Truisms, Narrative Structure (1)

3. Essays and Aphorisms

Feb 24

Word Choice, The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, Artistic Ethos, Narrative Structure (2)

4. Memes and Archetypes

Mar 3

Pet Rocks, Memes and Archetypes

5. Public Reading (part one)

Mar 10

The Charles Bukowski Archetype

6. Aristotle’s Poetics (part one)

Mar 17

Concepts of Tragedy: Hamartia, Anagnorisis, Peripeteia, Catharsis

7. Aristotle’s Poetics (part two)

Mar 24

Components of Tragedy, Elements of Plot, Qualities of Character

8. Character Development (part one)

Mar 31

Psychology and Art, The Alchemical Process, Character Arcs, Empathy

9. Character Development (part two)

Apr 14

The life and death of Antal Szerb

10. Plot Structure

Apr 21

Screenplay analysis: “Psycho” by Joseph Stefano (based on the novel by Robert Bloch)

11. Sex and Violence

Apr 28

The invisible Art: novels vs. film, Modernism, Beauty vs. Novelty, Catharsis

12. Reviewing and Editing (part one)

May 19

Dalton Trumbo and the Importance of Words

13. Reviewing and Editing (part two)

May 25

Poetry in Cinema: The Films of Albert Lewin

14. Public Reading (part two)

May 26

Public reading of original work

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