First-Year Studies in Writing


This course takes the story as a fundamental way to integrate, remember, and communicate human experience and explores many ways of telling stories—long and short, orally, on paper, with pictures, in comics. Stories come mixed with fantasy and wisdom, poetry and realism; they are passed down as folk literature, family tales, soap operas and can be intended for everyone or for children, for teens or adults. This course identifies types of stories (quest, fable, slave tale, myth), contents of stories (births, deaths, marriages, friendships, journeys, losses), and forms of stories or collections (novel, tale, epic, episode) with a single author or a collective one as a place to stop and explore in our reading and in our work. There will be weekly reading and writing assignments and a conference project each semester.