For seniors working on critical or creative senior theses in Literature.Each student will devote the term to completing the draft of a unified manuscript in a single genre –- 75 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction, 50 pages of criticism, 30 pages of poetry, or a lengthy translation project. Every 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 occasionally read and discuss outside work in order to consider the various strategies poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers employ in putting together a full-length manuscript. Students are asked to begin work on their projects during the summer. Full-length first drafts of projects will be completed by the end of the term.
Corequisite: Students are required to be in attendance at all Literature evenings and Poetry at Bennington events (most Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm).