Exploded Prose: Form Follows Emotion
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3353
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Emotion and innovative writing are rarely mentioned in the same breath. In this course, we bring emotion to bear on the innovative memoir as we read, discuss, and are guided by exemplary published work. Supported by class discussions, directed in-class writings and suggestions for at-home writing based on the texts, students write memoirs that blend nonfiction with poetic language, using the emotive voice as the engine that not only gives the piece vibrancy but provides a stable structure and lively pacing as well. We also consider hybrid forms that blend nonfiction with fiction.