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Writing as Experimental Practice

Department: Literature

Instructor: Lucien Spect
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Prerequisites: none
Section ID: 156928 

Schedule: Mon, Weds, Fri. 2:00 - 3:30PM PST


Course Description

In this course, we will read and write widely and with curiosity, engaging in practices that mimic scientific experimentation. Through the lens of writing as experimental practice, we will activate muscles required from many different genres of writing, including poetry, prose, and critical essays; we will also engage in transmedial practices, deciphering the interplay among different artistic mediums, potentially including music, dance, and film. We will study existing literary forms, such as mixed media, mixed genre, prose poetry, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, new narrative poetics, meditative and automatic writing, and other experiments with text. We will create our own textual experiments, guided by our intuition and the influences around us, and end the course with a completed literary project. There will be ample opportunities to write together and share our writing in community, and we will learn to read in, through, and across several disciplines.

Course Goals / Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Understand the concept of writing as experimental practice
  • Identify different lineages within which students may choose to pursue their own creative writing
  • Feel comfortable writing in several new forms
  • Read as a writer
  • Create a small written portfolio of creative writing

Course Topics

  • Creative writing
  • Critical writing
  • Experimental writing
  • Literature
  • Art practice
  • Critical reading
  • Aesthetics

*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.