Theory and Craft of Writing

W680 — Spring 2020

Instructor
Michelle Pretorius
Days and Times
4:00p - 7:00p R (4 CR)
Course Description

 

*DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED: Request permission through bhankins@indiana.edu.

TOPIC: Genre Writing for Activism

In this course, we’ll examine the craft of genre writing, be it Crime Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, or Young Adult fiction, and how each these genres are situated to discuss issues of race, gender, violence, environment, etc.  Rather than focus on the minutiae of writing in a specific genre, the class aims to give an overview of genre expectations and how a specific genre deals with the craft elements of character, place, structure, etc. as well as how each genre’s unique characteristics can enhance the scope and reach of socially conscious writing. You needn't have any experience writing genre fiction to attend this class. The only requirement is a willingness to explore new avenues for expression in your writing.


Required Text: Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy                                   

ISBN-13: 978-1555977597

 

 

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