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2022 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 9

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

2. Crafting Conversation

Feb 16

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

3. Essays and Aphorisms

Feb 23

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

4. Memes and Archetypes

Mar 2

Pet Rocks, Memes and Archetypes

5. Public Reading (part one)

Mar 9

The Charles Bukowski Archetype

6. Aristotle’s Poetics (part one)

Mar 16

Concepts of Tragedy: Hamartia, Anagnorisis, Peripeteia, Catharsis

7. Aristotle’s Poetics (part two)

Mar 23

Components of Tragedy, Elements of Plot, Qualities of Character

8. Character Development (part one)

Apr 6

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

9. Character Development (part two)

Apr 13

The life and death of Antal Szerb

10. Plot Structure

Apr 20

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

11. Sex and Violence

Apr 27

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

12. Reviewing and Editing (part one)

May 4

Dalton Trumbo and the Importance of Words

13. Reviewing and Editing (part two)

May 11

Poetry in Cinema: The Films of Albert Lewin

14. Public Reading (part two)

May 18

Public reading of original work

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