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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 1123
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
This workshop takes the desire to write the self as its starting point. Poetic autobiography is a hybrid form that combines the immediacy and heightened language of poetry with the narrative and descriptive powers of prose. Students at all levels, particularly beginners, work on developing voice and style through a combination of creative and academic writing. Weekly assignments encourage students to chronicle aspects of their own daily existence from various perspectives and to depict their lives through condensed fragments rather than linear narratives. For inspiration, we read authors such as Gertrude Stein, Anne Carson, Jamaica Kincaid, Edmond Jabes, Frank O'Hara, W.G. Sebald, and Kamau Braithwaite.