WRIT3980-02.Topics: Writers Go Movies.J16.Pelster-Wiebe,Richard

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Richard Pelster-Wiebe

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Topics: Writers Go Movies

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Winter 2016



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Writers Go to the Movies M-R, 9 am - 12 pm Pre-Req: ENG 1110 OR Instructor's Permission After encountering cinema at the the start of the 20th century, Tolstoy excitedly remarked that this new invention would revolutionize the life of the writer and would make a new form of writing necessary. According to Tolstoy, cinema had "divined the mystery of motion" and much more. This class is intended for essayists, poets, fiction writers, journalists, or any creative writer interested in honing their craft, divining mysteries, and expanding their artist's toolkit through encounters with cinema. Goals: We will learn how the language of cinema affects and inspires creative writers--especially the students enrolled in the class. Students will be challenged to enlarge their creative practice by tackling topics such as drafting a compelling scene; dramatizing place; rendering conflict and tension through "things;" thematizing elements like light, sound, and movement; manipulating time; experimenting in structure and pacing; creating atmosphere; masking exposition; and more. Content: We will read reflections on cinema by several writers that may include Zadie Smith, H.D., Dorothy Richardson, Maxim Gorky, Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Thomas Mann, Jack London, T.S. Eliot, Truman Capote, Jorie Graham, and more. Combining readings, screenings, discussions, and exercises in close listening and looking, students will produce written work that engages with a set of problems or constraints intended to improve their craft. Instructor: Richard Pelster-Wiebe

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