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Film - Fall 2018 semester


Stony Brook Manhattan
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CWL 530.S60 Forms of Fiction: Short Story, Susan Minot

Mondays, 5:20-8:10P (Class #). As our 2013 Nobel Laureate Alice Munro recently said, the short story is “an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel.” Focus in this workshop will be on the building blocks of the short story: style, structure and content.  In class discussions of student fiction, we will focus on refinement of that style, on varieties of structure, with an eye to finding the subject best suited to each writer.  Strong editorial feedback will assist the students in both practicing editing on their fellow students, as well as learning the value of doing draft after draft in order to strengthen and focus the material of his or her concern. Mastery of one’s craft is our goal. Suggested outside reading will direct students to the masters, choosing from among: Anton Chekhov, Raymond Carver, Lydia Davis, Amy Hempel, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Conner, John Cheever, Katherine Mansfield, Ernest Hemingway, Lorrie Moore, and James Salter.


CWL 520.S60 Forms of Poetry: Poetry, Cornelius Eady   

Tuesdays, 5:20-8:10P (Class #) Poets write, poets read. These two statements will be the emphasis of this advanced poetry workshop. You will be doing three things here: 1) writing and revising your own work (including exercises), 2) Doing close reading of the books assigned (including a reading list which will be generated by the workshop) 3) Interviewing visiting poets about craft, either via SKYPE or in person. The final in this workshop will be a chapbook of 10-20 of your best poems written and revised over the semester, due the last day of class. A secondary possibility with your chapbook might explore the various ways poetry can be performed.


CWL 565.S60 Special Topics in Writing: The Memoir and Its Parts, Roger Rosenblatt

7 Saturdays, 11:00A - 5:00P (with break for lunch): 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28.

Make up date 5/12. (Class #). This course proceeds from the premise that good memoirs are made up of certain components: description, knowledge, emotion, thought, fantasy, and memory. The writing of each of these elements requires skills that can be looked at individually, one at a time. That's what we will do here. Students will produce pieces that describe someone or some thing; relate knowledge (historical, scientific, et al.); convey an emotion; express a thought or idea; tell a fantasy or dream; and offer a memory. Six pieces in all. After that, we will try to determine how the pieces fit into the memoir you are working on, or propose to work on. Underlying all this is the proposition that your memoir is not about you. Not just you. Rather, it is about the world you observe, understand, feel, think about, imagine and remember.  Put these parts together in the right order and proportions, and you should create a worthwhile book.


CWL 570.S60 Advanced Writing Workshop: REDACTION: An anatomy of editing and self-editing, Daniel Menaker

Wednesdays, 5:20-8:10P (Class #) This course will use student  prose writing, fiction or nonfiction, and also published texts, as subjects for editing--that is, improvement. The goal will be not only making texts better but also making them most closely consonant with the writer's intentions (knowable, in the case of student writing, implicit in published writing by others). Topics will include word choice, sentence structure and length, paragraph structure, consistency of "voice," and over-all composition. This course will be granular and exacting, and students should be prepared for close  and subtle analyses of the techniques of prose writing.