What’s Creative About the Academic Essay?
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 1122
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing Fundamentals
  • English Composition
Gaining knowledge, by definition, involves moving from the known to the unknown. In this course, pre-writing exercises, personal writing prompts, and structured essay assignments help students become comfortable with reaching beyond the known in a well-researched and well-supported expository essay. The class reads Peter Elbow, Kenneth Bruffee, and Marie Ponsot for ideas about how to approach academic writing, and Susan Sontag, Chris Hedges, and Adam Gopnik for models of clear, engaging analysis and persuasion. Students also learn how to use online databases to conduct research. This course is for those who are intimidated by the academic essay or who seek a compelling critical voice for self-expression.
Course Open to: Degree Students