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Craft of Fiction: Dialogue

Writing 5621 - Spring 2020

In this overview of the essay from its classical origins to its contemporary forms, we will start with the letters of Seneca (which Montaigne, seen as the father of the modern essay, credits as the inspiration for his "essais") and move across centuries to a study of the most recent writers of the genre. As we survey the form, students will choose the work of one essayist, or a group of essayists whose works have in common an aspect of substance or style, to study in depth. Writing will include a weekly short essay and a culminating project of longer length based on independent reading. Only open to students in the MFA Creative Writing Program.
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Craft of Fiction: Dialogue
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