Introduction to Graduate Writing -CWL 500.S01
Robert Reeves & Carla Caglioti
Wednesdays, 5:20-8:10 pm, Class #55235
A seminar that introduces students to one another, the faculty, the program in Writing and Literature, and to issues in contemporary writing. Offered in conjunction with the "Writers Speak" lecture series. Students will attend the regular series of readings sponsored by the Writing program and meet at weekly intervals under the direction of a faculty advisor to discuss and write about topics raised in the lecture series, as well as issues generated from seminar discussions and assigned readings.
Course is open to limited number of students in Manhattan via SKYPE. Please note: CWL 500 is a required course that should be taken in the first semester.
Forms of Fiction: Short Shorts (Flash Fiction/Prose Poem) - CWL 510.S01
Eight Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, February 2, 9, 23, March 2, 30, April 6, 13, 20,
Is it a bird or a plane? You decide which flies. This course will focus on short prose in which language is looked at, not through. Words and their arrangement can be the most compelling and interesting part of very short stories, not plot (there are only two) or character (often just the author's). You bring the words, and we’ll talk. Readings will also shape the discussion. Meets 8 Saturdays.
Forms of Creative Nonfiction: Memoir - CWL 540.S01
Lou Ann Walker, Thursdays, 5:20-8:10 pm, Class #48035
Students will focus on telling their own stories, using a variety of techniques gleaned from masters of the form. We'll discuss the handling of secrets, the nature of the memoir versus the personal essay, the infusion of fiction into memoir, and the nature of privacy.
Forms of Professional Writing: Writing the Feature - CWL 550.S01
Andrew Botsford, Tuesdays, 5:20-8:10 pm, Class #47562
Students will write short and longer-form articles based on exploration and analysis of the anatomy of a successful feature: brains, heart, skeletal structure and musculature. Reading materials for analysis and discussion will be drawn from The New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and local periodicals, including The Southampton Press and East Hampton Star. Student features on subjects of local interest will be considered for possible publication in area newspapers.
Forms of Literature: Contemporary Literature (Immigrant Writers) - CWL 560.S01
Ursula Hegi, Thursdays, 2:20-5:10 pm, Class #55240
Fiction by immigrants who write in English but grew up within another language and culture. We'll explore their writing along this ever-shifting border. What happens to identity as they move between cultures? When does language become a barrier? When does it become a bridge?
Special Topics in Writing: Humor and Truth - CWL 565.S01
Jules Feiffer, Wednesdays, 12:50-3:40 pm, Class #47557
One of America’s great cartoonists and screenwriters, Jules Feiffer, leads a writing workshop in humor as the vehicle of truth.
Advanced Writing Workshop: Thesis Manuscripts - CWL 570.S01
Emma Walton Hamilton & team, Mondays, 5:20-8:10 pm, Class #48751
The focus is on work in progress and the development of an existing manuscript, be it a memoir, novel, YA novel, or poetry collection. The workshop is open to students who are pursuing a book-length project and who want to be exposed to the work of others in varying genres. Team-taught by Emma Walton Hamilton, Lou Ann Walker, Julie Sheehan and Susan Scarf Merrell, it is strongly recommended for students preparing for the thesis.
Practicum in Arts Administration - CWL 580.S01
Christian McLean, Days and Times TBA, Class #47563
Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students will learn the essentials of arts administration. This may include assisting in the coordination of reading and lecture series, planning and administering conferences, or other writing and arts administration activities. Permission of instructor and completion of at least 6 program credits required.
Practicum in Teaching Writing - CWL 581.S01
Julie Sheehan, Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:20 pm, Class # 47849
This course provides hands-on experience and instruction in the basics of writing pedagogy, including designing writing assignments, sequencing assignments, motivating writing, writing skill development and evaluating writing. Students will also be given a preliminary overview of the major theories driving composition pedagogy. Permission of instructor and director and completion of at least 6 program credits required.
Practicum in Publishing & Editing - CWL 582.S01
Lou Ann Walker and Susan Scarf Merrell, Days and Times TBA, Class # 47559
Under the guidance of the faculty advisor, students will be exposed to the hands-on process of editing and publishing The Southampton Review. Permission of instructor and completion of at least 6 program credits required.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES SOUTHAMPTON
Introduction to Creative Writing - CWL 202-D
Michelle Whittaker, Wednesdays, 4:00- 6:50 pm, Class #52302
Creative writing workshop in multiple genres, from fiction to poetry to scriptwriting, intended to introduce students to the basic tools and terminology of the fine art of creative writing. Participants also read contemporary works, give a public reading, and attend Writers Speak, the Wednesday reading series. This course, offered on the Southampton campus, is required for the minor in creative writing. Prerequisite: None
Held at the Manhattan Facility: 101-113 East 27th St. (midway between Park Avenue South and Lexington), 3rd Floor
Forms of Creative Nonfiction: Memoir - CWL 540.S60
Roger Rosenblatt, Eight Saturdays, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (with break for lunch), Class #48768
(February 2, 16, Reading 2/18, March 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 11)
This course is a workshop in the writing of memoir. Those who have taken it before are welcome to return. Held at the Manhattan Facility.
Forms of Professional Writing: Food & Drinks Writing - CWL 550.S60
Brian Halweil, Thursdays, 5:20-8:10 pm, Class #55243
Food and drinks writing is timelier than ever, cutting across literary disciplines from features writing and reviewing to short fiction, essay, and memoir. This writing workshop explores the journalistic essentials--research, source-gathering techniques, crafting the interview, short- and long-form reviews--while also investigating the subject's extended expressive potential, through writing assignments in food and memory, food as metaphor and other imaginative uses writers make of food. Students will produce articles, stories and essays, a winning example of which will be published in Edible Magazine. The course will also include 2-3 seminal texts in food writing (MFK Fisher, Wendell Berry, Hemingway); lectures from a panel of local food writers and several farm/food business reporting trips. Held at the Manhattan Facility.
Special Topics in Writing: Humor Writing - CWL 565.S60
Patty Marx, Wednesdays 5:20-8:10 pm, Class #48164
“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.” James Thurber
“Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.” Sid Caesar
“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” Mel Brooks
“...An amateur thinks it's really funny if you dress a man up as an old lady, put him in a wheelchair, and give the wheelchair a push that sends it spinning down a slope towards a stone wall. For a pro, it's got to be a real old lady.” Groucho Marx
“What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.” Steve Martin
“You know, crankiness is the essence of all comedy.” Jerry Seinfeld
“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” E.B. White
“Patty Marx is the best teacher in the Creative Writing Program” Patricia Marx
One of the above quotations is false. Find out which one in this humor-writing workshop, where you will read, listen to, and watch comedic samples from well-known and lesser-known humorists, and complete weekly writing assignments. Students already working on projects are welcome to develop them. Held at the Manhattan Facility.
Advanced Writing Workshop: Novel - CWL 570.S60
Helen Simonson, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:50 pm, Class #55244
Our focus will be on the development of a novel in progress in a traditional workshop format. Each writer will have the opportunity to present two sets of pages for discussion and will also be expected to present a brief written and oral analysis of a novel he or she loves - with specific attention to structure, style, voice and narrative arc. We will also discuss readings on the writing of novels and examine some first chapters of important novels to see the slower pace of the long format. All welcome, but our focus will be on shaping the large, unruly manuscript! For permission to enroll, please send a synopsis, first page and approx. page count of your manuscript to Magdalene Brandeis. Held at the Manhattan Facility.
Practicum in Arts Administration: Digital Filmmaking - CWL 580.S60
Magdalene Brandeis & Peter Eilenberg, Mondays, 5:20-8:10pm, Class #55245
A hands-on instructional encompassing all aspects of the Digital Filmmaking art form. The goal is to learn how to use the medium for visual story telling through the development of point of view, lighting, lensing and composition; whether directly, through dialogue, or through more suggestive visual means. The course will include screenings, script development, story-boarding, Final Cut Pro digital film editing, digital camera workshop, lighting theory, working within a frame, recording sound. Production period will involve hands on training in filming, sound recording, transferring and editing your own digital film sequence. Each student will conceive, story board, write, shoot and edit his or her own short film. Attending edit labs and crewing on fellow students' productions is required. This practicum will be coupled with Killer Films' Christine Vachon's Master Class in Indie Film Production and the Monday evening Manhattan Writers Speak reading series. A useful prerequisite for the Digital Filmmaking Workshop during the Summer Session. Held at the Manhattan Facility.