Senior Projects (LIT4795.01)

Benjamin Anastas

For seniors working on special projects or senior theses. Each student will devote the term to completing the draft of a unified manuscript–typically 75 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction, 50 pages of criticism, 30 pages of poetry, or a lengthy translation project. Each week, the class will critique individual manuscripts-in-progress. These peer critiques will be supplemented with multiple individual meetings with the instructor over the course of the term. Additionally, students will read and discuss outside work on occasion in order to consider the various strategies poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers employ in putting together a full-length manuscript. Projects will be completed by the end of the term.

There will be two group meetings per week. In addition, each member of the class will have individual meetings with the instructor during the course of the term.

Corequisites: Students are required to be in attendance at all Literature evenings and Poetry at Bennington events (typically on alternating Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm).

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Email a 1-2 page proposal explaining your project or thesis, in addition to 5-7 pages in the genre you are planning to work, as a single document to banastas@bennington.edu no later than May 11th. A class list will be posted by May 16th on the Literature bulletin board on the second floor of the Barn. Students will be asked to begin work on their projects during the summer and to arrive at the beginning of the term with 25 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction, 15 pages of criticism, or 10 pages of poetry already in hand.
Credits: 4
M 12:10pm - 2:00pm; W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 12
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Benjamin Anastas, Four Credit, Literature, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, Wednesday Afternoons, and tagged , , , , , .