Non/Creative Writing Mondays at 7pm, Fall 2005 Instructor: Bruna Mori
Syllabus (subject to modification)
NonCreative writing is a creative writing workshop. You will respond to or manipulate nonfiction texts or sources that already exist, or use formulas to extend the possibilities of your own writing. A research paper or object may literally be cut to pieces to revise it or describe its disassembly. Architecture may serve as a prompt for a fairy tale. A computer manual may be transformed into sonnets (manually, or into a screenplay through software.) Writers who employ such techniques will visit. There will be a lot to learn about accidents and chance, and their historical contexts, but also about process and authorship; storytelling and reportage; mapping and forms.
Thursday 9.14 5pm The Third Mind
In Class: Consider the Obsessive Documentation
of Kenneth Goldsmith, and the Dada-influenced cut-ups of William Burroughs and Brion Gyson
Assigment: Complete the cut-ups, and decide on what to document obsessively this semester.
Thursday 12.1 Architecture fictions
In Class: Present your final works, the remade fairy tale and an excerpt from your obsessive documentation.
Thursday 12.1v.45pm Obsessive/Compulsive
In Class: Present your journaling / documentation; present or publish the compendium.