English 2250 explores the writing of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Like all writing courses, it offers an opportunity to consider the relationship between writing and thinking, between print and person, between fact and truth, and between the I and the Eye. In this 3 credit hour course, we will look both inward and outward as we examine the delicate weave of self and world in language and life. The goal here is to try our hand at writing in three different literary genres. This is a formidable task, but it is also incredibly exciting, and––dare I say it? Fun!
Novelist E.L. Doctorow once wrote that writing a novel is "…like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights go, but you can make the whole trip that way." Likewise, in this course we will trust that we can make "the whole trip" by focusing on what we can see from where we are (given our individual journeys as writers). This makes sense, since writing is at heart always a revision––a continual process of reseeing our language and ideas and shaping them toward greater meaning. By the end of the course, what and how we see will be deepened by our work together.
Students interested in English 2250 online will need access to a computer with Internet capabilities. For further information about computer experience and equipment requirements, students should consult the COD Online web pages.