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English 2510 Fall 2013 flyer

Introduction to Creative Writing with Book Arts

THIS MEDIUM SPECIFIC APPROACH to creative writing introduces
emerging writers to the techniques and craft of inventive
writing as well as book arts. Students will consider the
generative process as a performance within a medium
and how the interplay of form and content operate within
the physics of that medium. The course includes six visits
to the Book Arts Studio at the Marriott Library, during
which students will view artists’ books from Rare Books,
get hands-on experience with bookbinding and letterpress
printing from moveable type, and collaborate to produce
a limited-edition book, of which every participant will
receive a copy. As a variation on the final portfolio, students
will be encouraged to produce chapbooks for their final
projects. In both the studio and classroom, we will ask:
What is a book? How might a book’s shape transfigure its
meaning? How do typographic decisions affect creative
texts? What is a creative text? No prior experience in the
book arts or imaginative writing is required.