Essay Writing in a Changing World
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3345
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Non-fiction
  • Civic Engagement
The world of writing and reading is changing rapidly, in large part because of changing technology. This writing course is designed for students eager to use new technologies to write and publish personal essays, including autobiographical essays, arts and cultural criticism, and pieces about race and ethnicity and social and political change. Assignments draw attention to the connections and tensions between individual experience and social context. Students write five short pieces and two longer essays exploring questions of self, voice, and audience and using online key word search tools provided by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. Readings include George Orwell, George Packer, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, Orhan Pamuk, Pico Iyer, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Griffin, Dave Eggers, Ian Frazier, Bruce Chatwin, Alain de Botton, J.M. Coetzee, and Herta Mueller.
Course Open to: Degree Students