Junior Level Courses

Honors Poetry I

This course is designed to explore the art of writing poetry, focusing on the elements most relevant to poets writing today and presented from the point of view of practicing poets. Included is an examination of poetic diction, rhythm, metered and free verse, figurative language and symbols, tone, meaning and idea. This introductory course involves extensive reading, writing, and informal critique. Students are exposed to the works of such poets as Mary Oliver, Ross Gay, Safia Elhillo, Richard Hugo, Carrie Fountain, Larry Levis, and Nate Marshall.

Honors Fiction I

This course focuses on the elements of the short story and includes a wide reading of accomplished fiction writers, daily writing, and both group and individual critique. The course emphasizes theme and its formulation, plot, characterization, atmosphere, symbolism, point of view, dialogue, and aspects of style. Students read fiction by Tim Gautreaux, Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Tobias Wolff, and Lorie Moore, among others.

 

Honors Creative Nonfiction I

This course focuses on self-discovery and includes portraits, encounters, and memoirs, along with the more traditional personal essay. Works read and discussed include selections from Chuck Kosterman, Annie Dillard, David Sedaris, Joan Didion, Tracy Kidder, and Ian Frazier.

Honors Writing for Media

This class is designed so that students learn various forms and processes of writing that have developed online. By utilizing web texts–from popular blogs to online journals–students will both strengthen their writing skills and explore ways to bridge the gap between hyperspace and the printed page. Texts include Blogger’s Boot Camp by John Biggs and Charlie White; Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Blogs by Diane Jacob; How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir; and Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby.

Honors Intensives

Junior and Senior Intensives are end-of-the-year short courses (7-8 class days each), rotating between fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. Students are expected to complete a single project—at the instructor’s discretion during each intensive. These courses are designed to test the students’ attention to craft and their ability to meet a deadline in a tight time frame.

 

Senior Level Courses

Honors Poetry II

In this course, students continue to explore voice, tone, and form. Students read contemporary poets who are relevant to the craft needs of each student. Poetry I is focused upon exploring and discovering voice and, thus, content; in this course, greater attention is placed upon musical and formal poetic elements. Students create and develop a sixteen-page portfolio of poems that incorporates their developed voices, along with a sophisticated understanding of both music and form.

Honors Fiction II

This course emphasizes the development of individual voice and style through daily writing. It includes reading relevant works and writing reviews and stories, keeping journals, extensive revision, discussion, and analysis.

Honors Creative Nonfiction II

A continuation of Creative Nonfiction I, this course pays close attention to voice, style, and tone. There is also a focus on the extended essay, with an emphasis on revision. Students read, analyze, and interpret contemporary essayists such as Susan Orlean, John McPhee, and Bruce Chatwin, among others.

Honors Screenwriting I

Students discover what it means to write for film, with an emphasis on developing an original idea they can expand into a full-length script. In addition to learning the process of screenwriting and the structure of a typical script, students will read and analyze screenplays by writers such as William Goldman, Alan Ball, Robert Benton, Robert Towne, and Bo Goldman.

Honors Intensives

Junior and Senior Intensives are end-of-the-year short courses (7-8 class days each), rotating between fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. Students are expected to complete a single project—at the instructor’s discretion during each intensive. These courses are designed to test the students’ attention to craft and their ability to meet a deadline in a tight time frame.

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