Experimental Writing
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3531
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Fiction
This workshop is for writers who want to try something different and work in multiple genres. As Samuel Beckett wrote, "To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now." The mess is the whole of our modern world: How do we harness it into form? Writers address this question by challenging conventions, experimenting with and blurring the lines between prose and poetry. In this course, students are encouraged to work on fiction that looks like poetry, poems that read like plays or fiction, and plays that incorporate all genres. Students discuss and critique one another's work along with works by writers like David Markson, Lydia Davis, James Tate, Sandra Cisneros, Will Eno, and Carole Maso.
Course Open to: Degree Students