The Secrets of Good Writing
When it comes to writing, do Virginia Woolf and Stephen King agree on anything? In this seminar we will consider the insights novelists, poets, and short story writers have shared with us about the whys and hows of writing. With an eye to investigating the relationship between stated practice and product, we will examine the historical context in which advice on how to write well has been offered and read from each writer’s body of work. As part of our inquiry we will take advantage of the SLU Writers Series to hear from writers first-hand.
As a member of the class you will select a writer, conduct research, document the experience of trying out that author's recommended writing practices, and contribute to a class anthology of writer profiles. You will delve into a writer’s work and interviews, select passages of the work to perform, and take part in a rehearsed, videotaped panel discussion in which you speak for the writer. Prior experience in, or talent for, creative writing is not required. Curiosity and a sense of humor are – as in any endeavor – desirable.