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Parsons Center

The Iceberg and the Ice Pick: An Introduction to Creative Writing

CRTW 201 (CRN 54822)
(3 credits) | 
April 29–May 3, 2014
Cost: tuition and fees, plus $60 housing 

scenic_parsonsIntroduction to the writing of fiction and poetry. "Iceberg" refers to Ernest Hemingway's figure of an iceberg as a principle for economy and prevision in writing. The "ice pick" is from Franz Kafka, who wrote, "A book ought to be an ice pick, to break up the frozen sea within us." Use these idea to hone your language to create particular effects and think about how your words affect readers. In advance of and during the course, you'll read selections of contemporary short fiction and poetry. Learn methods of evaluation you can use for revising your pieces and commenting on the writing of your peers through class workshops and small group work sessions. Each day of the course includes readings, literary analysis, writing from prompts, revision exercises, exploratory walks (with notebook in hand) and plenty of lively discussion. You'll leave Parsons prepared to complete a portfolio of writing, with guidance toward submitting drafts for peer critique.

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If you have any questions, contact Sarah Painter at 734.487.9045 or spainter@emich.edu.