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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: MFA Writing Program
Course Number: NWRG 5300
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Creative Writing
The New School Writing Program follows the workshop method of teaching: An experienced writer-teacher gives students guidance by focusing on their manuscripts and on the creative acts of revision and self-editing, both in the workshop and during individual conferences. The program provides students with a framework and sustained blocks of time to focus extensively on their own writing. Graduate writing workshops meet once a week in a two-hour session. Workshops are all conveniently scheduled in the early evenings, Monday through Thursday. Graduate writing workshops may include a short assigned reading list and occasional visits by guest writers who read and discuss their work. Structure and content of writing workshops are adapted to the individual area of concentration. Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' fiction, usually short stories or excerpts from novels-in-progress. Students learn how to balance inspiration with revision; explore methods for strengthening characterization, storytelling, and style while developing their voices to the utmost; and explore those narrative forms and techniques best suited to their individual styles. Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' nonfiction, usually in the form of personal reminiscence, reflective essay, reportage, and biography. Students learn how to choose a subject; develop a sense of structure, tone, style, and personal voice; and attend to such techniques as characterization, dialogue, imagery, metaphor, and dramatic development, as well as to the skills of interviewing and documentary research.
Course Open to: Majors Only