Crafting the Essay

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Crafting the Essay (WRTG), while previously a CTY course has now been turned into a CAA course and a CTYOnline course. If you are looking for the old Crafting the Essay, click here. This course is used to create personal essays and express yourself through writing. This course is offered at Bristol, Collegeville, Lancaster, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz

Course Description

From the CTY Summer Catalog:

This immersive and collaborative course will introduce you to great essayists including Annie Dillard, Charles Simic, and Richard Rodriguez, and help you find your own distinctive narrative voice. You and your classmates will read, analyze, and discuss works of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, and then experiment with tone and mood, imagery, prose, and a variety of structures and narrative devices while learning how to effectively use figurative language to create your own moving and engaging personal stories. Through daily readings, informal writing assignments, editing workshops, and major writing projects, you will gain an understanding of the patterns and techniques of successful authors, and develop your own strengths as a writer. You will leave the course with strong critical reading and writing skills that you will continue to use through high school, college, and beyond.

Not from the CTY Summer Catalog:

Taught by the one and only SHIN!! WE like shin, WE love Shin, we CTY shin. oh lights out I need to sleep now sike you thought it's only 10:29

Creative Nonfiction

Unlike Crafting the Essay, Creative Nonfiction is a course offered at CTY sites. At SAR it is taught by Laurence Ross, a legend, what a man, truly, I love him, you love him, we all love him. As he will tell you many times, he has a year round pool membership and is one of the top five Lady Gaga essayists in the nation. He is also a master hand raver, however, you will only see him in action if you take his class. He owns a leather baseball cap. He mainly dresses in all-black but occasionally wears an acid wash denim vest. It is suspected he owns a wide variety of brightly colored clothing but never decides to wear it. There is no factual basis for this theory, but we like to believe it's true. He is a lovely vampire giant man. Highly recommend. Part of the class involves analysing Britney Spears music videos. Take the class.