Nonfiction Writing Courses Fall 2019

These course descriptions are for ENGL0900, 0930, 1030, 1050, 1140, 1160, 1180, & 1190 for Fall 2019.

For all other English course descriptions, see our 2019-20 Course Prospectus for fall 2019 and spring 2020.

ENGL 0900 (formerly 0110) CRITICAL READING AND WRITING I: THE ACADEMIC ESSAY
An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays. Fall 2019 sections 01, 02, 03, and 04 are reserved for first-year students.  Enrollment limited to 17. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.

ENGL0900 S01  (section reserved for first-year students) CRN16671
C Hour (MWF 10-10:50 am)
K. Schapira

ENGL0900 S02  (section reserved for first-year students) CRN16672
B Hour (MWF 9-9:50 am)
L. Stanley

ENGL0900 S03  (section reserved for first-year students) CRN16673
H Hour (TTh 9-10:20 am)
R. Ward

ENGL0900 S04  (section reserved for first-year students) CRN16674
H Hour (TTh 9-10:20 am)
A. Jackson

ENGL0900 S05 CRN16675
B Hour (MWF 9-9:50 am)
M. Nagelhout

ENGL0900 S06 CRN16676
I Hour (T/Th 10:30-11:50 am)
C. Gilligan

ENGL0900 S07 CRN16677
G Hour (MWF 2-2:50 pm)
K. Saili

  

ENGL 0930 (formerly 0180) INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE NONFICTION
Designed to familiarize students with the techniques and narrative structures of creative nonfiction. Reading and writing focus on literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, science writing, travel writing, and other related subgenres. May serve as preparation for ENGL 1180. Writing sample may be required. Fall 2019 section 01 is reserved for first-year students. Fall 2019 sections 04 and 05 are reserved for first-year and sophomores only. Enrollment limited. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.

ENGL0930 S01  (section reserved for first-year students) CRN16680
H Hour (TTh 9-10:20 am)
L. Stanley


ENGL0930 S02 CRN16681
AB Hour (MW 8:30-9:50 am)
A. Golaski


ENGL0930 S03 CRN16682
C Hour (MWF 10-10:50 am)
E. Hardy


ENGL0930 S04 (section reserved for first-year and sophomore students) CRN16683
AB Hour (MW 8:30-9:50 am)
MK Arnold


ENGL0930 S05 (section reserved for first-year and sophomore students) CRN16684
E Hour (MWF 12-12:50 pm)
E. Rush

ENGL0930 S06 CRN16685
K Hour (TTh 2:30-3:50 pm)
J. Readey 


 

                   NONFICTION WRITING INTERMEDIATE

ENGL 1030 (formerly 0130) CRITICAL READING AND WRITING II: THE RESEARCH ESSAY
For the confident writer. Offers students who have mastered the fundamentals of the critical essay an opportunity to acquire the skills to write a research essay, including formulation of a research problem, use of primary evidence, and techniques of documentation. Topics are drawn from literature, history, the social sciences, the arts, and the sciences. Enrollment limited to 17. No pre-requisites. Writing sample may be required. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.


ENGL 1030D Myth + Modern Essay CRN 16060
E Hour (MWF 12-12:50 pm)
A. Golaski
A writing and research focused course, in which students read a small selection of ancient texts (including The Epic of Gilgamesh and Ovid's Metamorphoses) and use the myths retold to illuminate the contemporary world and to inform the essays they write. Enrollment limited to 17. Writing sample may be required. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC. 

ENGL 1030F The Artist in the Archives CRN 16061
D Hour (MWF 11-11:50 am)
Michael Stewart
While artists can benefit greatly from archival work, they are not typically given the tools to make use of these institutions. This writing intensive course takes a two pronged approach to the problem: embedding students in archives both at Brown and RISD to produce creative, lyrical, and multi-media essays; and exploring how artists have used these institutions for information and inspiration. Enrollment limited to 17. Writing sample may be required. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC. 

ENGL 1050 INTERMEDIATE CREATIVE NONFICTION
For the more experienced writer. Offers students who show a facility with language and who have mastered the fundamentals of creative nonfiction an opportunity to write more sophisticated narrative essays. Sections focus on specific themes (e.g., medicine or sports; subgenres of the form) or on developing and refining specific techniques of creative nonfiction (such as narrative). Enrollment limited to 17. No pre-requisites. Writing sample required. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.

ENGL 1050G Journalistic Writing

Sec 01, CRN 16063, I Hour (T/Th 10:30-11:50 am)
(Sec 01 is reserved for first-year and sophomore students)
Tracy Breton

Sec 02, CRN 16064, K Hour (T/Th 2:30-3:50 pm)

Tracy Breton

This course, taught by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, teaches students how to report and write hard news and feature stories. Students learn to gather and organize material, develop in-depth interviewing techniques, use public records to report stories and become better observers of everyday life. The first half of the semester focuses on hard news and investigative reporting -- crime, government and court news. The second half is devoted to feature writing -- profiles and the art of narrative storytelling. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC. 

 

ENGL 1050P Reframing Race in Art Writing CRN 17115
E Hour (MWF 12-12:50 pm)
MK Arnold
This seminar will consider how contemporary writers and critics respond to art that directly addresses race and challenges institutional power. We will discuss past and recent controversies involving race and representation in exhibitions and examine the relationships between artists, museums and other art institutions, and public audiences. We will consider how writing about arts and culture can advance public discourse about race, equity, and justice. Enrollment limited to 17. No pre-requisites. Writing sample required. Instructor permission required.
CBLR, DIAP

                     NONFICTION WRITING ADVANCED

ENGL 1140  Critical Reading and Writing III:  Topics in Literary and Cultural Criticism

For advanced writers.  Situates rhetorical theory and practice in contexts of cutting-edge literary, cultural, and interdisciplinary criticism, public discourse, and public intellectual debate.  Individual sections explore one or more of the following subgenres:  rhetorical criticism, hybrid personal-critical essays, case studies, legal argument and advocacy, documentary, satire, commentaries, and review essays. A writing sample will be administered on the first day of class. Class list will be reduced to 12 after writing samples are reviewed. Prerequisite: ENGL 0930, 1030, or 1050. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.

ENGL 1160  SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM

For advanced writers. Class lists will be reduced after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Enrollment limited to 12 or 17, depending on section. S/NC.


ENGL 1180  SPECIAL TOPICS IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

For the advanced writer. A writing sample will be administered on the first day of class. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed. Prerequisite: ENGL0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.

ENGL 1180I Writing Medical Narrative CRN 16065
F Hour (MWF 1-1:50 pm)
Kate Schapira
This class will examine the recent turn toward the use of narrative in medicine and the recent trend of published medical narrative. We'll look at literary and cultural narratives of sickness and health and how they shape perceptions and treatments, while keeping the science and politics of health care—and its public discourse—in view. Writing sample required. Prerequisite: ENGL0900, ENGL0930, or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. S/NC. 

ENGL 1180P Further Adventures in Creative Nonfiction CRN 16066
G Hour (MWF 2-2:50 pm)
E. Hardy
For the advanced writer. A workshop course for students who have taken ENGL 0930 or the equivalent and are looking for further explorations of voice and form. Work can include personal essays, literary journalism and travel writing. Readings from Ian Frazier, Joan Didion, David Sedaris, John McPhee and others. Writing sample required. Prerequisite: ENGL 0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC. 

ENGL 1190 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NONFICTION WRITING

For the advanced writer. A writing sample will be administered on the first day of class. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed. Prerequisite: ENGL0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.

ENGL 1190M, The Teaching and Practice of Writing: Writing Fellows Program

Sec 01, CRN 16067
I Hour (T/Th 10:30-11:50 am)

TBA

Sec 02, CRN 16068
J Hour (T/Th 1-2:20 pm)
A. Jackson

This course prepares students for their work as Writing Fellows. Course readings, activities, and assignments introduce students to: post-process writing theory and pedagogy; data-based investigations of the revision habits of experienced and inexperienced writers; and effective methods for responding to student writing and conferencing with student writers. Enrollment is restricted to undergraduates who have been accepted into the Writing Fellows Program in the preceding July. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC. 


ENGL 1190U Nature Writing CRN 16069
P Hour (Tuesday 4-6:30 pm)
R. Ward
This course seeks to develop your skills as a sensitive reader and writer of the natural world. You will build a portfolio of revised work through a process of workshops, tutorials, and conferences, and engage in discussion of a range of written and visual narratives with reference to their personal, political, and ecological contexts. Writing sample required. Prerequisite: ENGL 0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. S/NC. 

ENGL 1190X Nonfiction Now CRN 16488
O Hour (Friday 3-5:30 pm)
Michael Stewart/Elizabeth Rush
Nonfiction Now introduces students to contemporary nonfiction writing through in-person exposure to professional writers, who will visit the course to deliver a craft lecture, read from their latest work and discuss the labor that goes into maintaining a professional writing life. Students will be expected to read the work of the visitor and produce creative work in response. Prerequisite: ENGL 0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Class list will be reduced to 30 after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.