Grammaire/Composition II

This one-credit workshop offers a comprehensive French grammar review for students who have completed two or more years of college-level French or the equivalent. It helps students improve their grammar and perfect their writing and reading skills, especially as a preparation for taking advanced literature or civilization courses, or studying in a francophone country. Stress is on grammatical accuracy, clarity, and the appropriate use of idioms and syntax. Offered online.
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French Level 5

This course is the second course of the Intermediate-level French sequence. Continued review and reinforcement of complex grammatical structures of the language are combined with the study of cultural readings, shorts films and online materials. Students refine their writing and verbal skills through brief compositions, class presentations, and sustained conversation in French. Prerequisite: French Level 4, Intermediate 1, or the equivalent.
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Grammaire/Composition I

This one-credit workshop offers a comprehensive French grammar review for students who have completed one or two years of French, or the equivalent. It meant for those who have already acquired a foundation in French, but who need to review and expand upon what they already know. It offers a thorough review of the basic points of French grammar accompanied by contextualized activities that review of principles of French grammar, vocabulary, and idioms. Offered online.
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French Level 4

Students begin intermediate-level study of French. Review and reinforcement of some of the more complex grammatical structures of the language is combined with cultural readings and viewings of short films and online materials. Students refine their writing and verbal skills through brief compositions, class presentations, and sustained classroom conversation in French. Prerequisite: French Level 3, French Introductory Intensive 2, or the equivalent.
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French Level 3

This is the last part of a three-course elementary sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students conclude their study of elementary grammar (the conditional mood, reflexive verbs, and relative pronouns) and practice by communicating about shopping, food, daily life, health, technology, and ecology. While enhancing their communicative skills, students continue to learn about France and the Francophone world. Prerequi...
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French on the Go: Level 4

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is an intermediate-level course for students with a good working knowledge o...
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French on the Go: Level 3

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is an intermediate-level course for students with a good working knowledge o...
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French on the Go: Level 2

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is an intermediate-level course for students with a good working knowledge o...
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French on the Go: Level 1

Before traveling to France or another country where French is commonly spoken, stop at The New School for an immersion in the French language. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in French. Level 1 is for complete beginners; Level 2 is for students familiar with basic elements of the language; Level 3 is an intermediate-level course for students with a good working knowledge o...
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French Introductory Intensive 2

This accelerated course is a continuation of Introductory Intensive and concludes the study of the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students continue the study of elementary grammar (present and past tenses, expressing negation, asking questions, and using pronouns). They practice by conversing and writing about shopping, food, daily life, health, technology, and ecology. While enhancing their communicative skills, students continue to lear...
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French Introductory Intensive 1

This is an accelerated course for beginners with little or no knowledge of French. Students learn the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They acquire elementary grammar skills (present and past tenses, pronouns), learn how to express negation and ask questions, and practice by conversing and writing about university life, friends and family, hobbies and leisure, celebrations, holidays, and travel. They learn about France and the Francophone w...
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French Level 2

This is the second course of a three-term sequence that introduces students to the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They continue to study elementary grammar (irregular present tenses, past tense, pronouns) and practice by conversing and writing about leisure, celebrations, holidays, and travel. They continue to learn about French and Francophone cultures.
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French Level 1

This is the first course of a three-term sequence that introduces the fundamentals of the French language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students acquire elementary grammar (present tense), learn to express negation and ask questions, and practice by conversing and writing about university life, hobbies, friends, and family. They learn about France and the Francophone world while building their communicative skills.
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Chinese Level 4

This course centers on developing communicative competence and a deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to 1) listen and speak using intermediate-level grammar and vocabulary in context; 2) read and write longer paragraphs and essays in Chinese characters; 3) understand important aspects of Chinese culture, lifestyles, and sociocultural conventions. Prerequisite: Chinese Level 3 or the equivalent or permission of the instruc...
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Business Chinese Level 1


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Chinese Introductory Intensive

This is an accelerated course for beginners with no or little knowledge of Chinese. Students learn the fundamentals of the Chinese language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, including tones, elementary Chinese characters (writing), vocabulary, and grammatical functions such as affirmative and negative, asking questions, and expressing past and future. The course follows a whole language approach, so students are also introduced to aspects of Chinese culture and topics of eve...
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Chinese Level 2

This course is for students with elementary knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. Students expand their vocabulary and learn new sentence patterns in the context of practical communication. Reading and writing of Chinese characters receives increased attention as students develop their listening and speaking abilities throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Chinese Level 1, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
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Arabic on the Go: Level 2

Before traveling to the Middle East, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in Levantine Arabic. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Levantine Arabic. Level 1 is for complete beginners. No prior knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is required. Since the focus of this course is conversation, phonetic transliterations are used. The workshop meets consecutive Saturdays...
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Arabic on the Go: Level 1

Before traveling to the Middle East, stop at The New School for a weekend immersion in Levantine Arabic. Master common situations such as asking for directions, handling currency, ordering in restaurants, and shopping. Make rapid progress learning to converse in Levantine Arabic. Level 1 is for complete beginners. No prior knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is required. Since the focus of this course is conversation, phonetic transliterations are used. The workshop meets consecutive Saturdays...
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Arabic Intro Intensive

This accelerated first course integrates Modern Standard Arabic (Fus-ha) and Levantine Arabic, introducing the Arabic alphabet and sound system along with basic conversational skills in Levantine. Students learn to engage in simple conversations and write short compositions about themselves, their families, and other familiar topics. This course is for beginners who would like to progress rapidly.
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Arabic Level 2

Students who have completed Level 1 expand their vocabulary and improve their grammar skills. More complex topics of conversation are introduced. Arabic is the main medium of instruction. Prerequisite: Arabic Level 1, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
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Summer Writers Colony:Fiction

Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. The writing workshop is the core of this intensive curriculum. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding students in the creative acts of revision and self-editing through class exercises and private conferences. To register for the Summer Writers Colony, select the workshop you would like to attend. Note: After you have registered, choose one literary salon per week and email your list to summerwriters@newschool.edu.
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Summer Writers Colony:Nonfict

Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. The writing workshop is the core of this intensive curriculum. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding students in the creative acts of revision and self-editing through class exercises and private conferences. To register for the Summer Writers Colony, select the workshop you would like to attend. Note: After you have registered, choose one literary salon per week and email your list to summerwriters@newschool.edu.
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Summer Writers Colony:Poetry

Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. The writing workshop is the core of this intensive curriculum. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding students in the creative acts of revision and self-editing through class exercises and private conferences. To register for the Summer Writers Colony, select the workshop you would like to attend. Note: After you have registered, choose one literary salon per week and email your list to summerwriters@newschool.edu.
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Advanced Fiction Writing: Revise and Polish

The workshop is an opportunity for writers to speed their creative and technical maturation. This course is for students who are beyond introductory courses and are ready to take their writing to a higher level. Workshop time is dedicated primarily to student work; assignments look toward and initiate tasks commonly encountered by aspiring writers. The intention of the course is to help individuals prepare themselves and their work for the next phase of their vocation, be it approaching editor...
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Making Poems: An Advanced Workshop

Permission required. “Good poets borrow; great poets steal.” Poetry in English is a storehouse we can raid at will. The focus in this workshop for experienced writers is discussion of student poems, but we also explore ways to make creative use of other poems, from the most recent innovations to the poetry of the Middle Ages. Each week, suggested assignments, illustrated by a wide range of models, serve as jumping-off points from which to explore. Every strong poem is experimental. Student...
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Streetwise: Writing from NYC Street Art

Street Art and Hip-Hop originated in The Bronx and became a global influence, even playing an essential role in the fall of the Berlin Wall. It continues to mirror the population's direct needs and opinions and in New York City there are as many opinions as there are New Yorkers. This course sets out to visit Street Art's visual neighborhoods: East Village's ABC City, Chelsea and the High Line, the Bowery Wall and the Lower East Side, and Williamsburg. We carry cellphone cameras and document ...
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Meditation and Writing

This five-week course offers a haven for creative people in the midst of our noisy, screen-filled city. In the quiet of the Rubin Museum, we meditate and develop our ability to notice more and to stay open to all that arises. We bring attention to our breath, to the Himalayan art, to texts, and to our own words. As we practice not judging, we make room for our writing to surprise us. As poet Denise Levertov says in “Making Peace”: “peace…can’t be imagined before it is made/can’t be...
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The New School: The Soap Opera

In this one-of-a-kind cooperative effort with media studies, writers fashion and manufacture a multi-media, multi-cultural, multi-indy soap operatic event. We create a fictive world, write scripts, and launch a website with text artifacts and other extras from our "show." Readings explore the political structures of the soap opera, from the epic forms of myth and religion to the bougie forms of the novel and event television. Meanwhile, our fellows in the media department, in a class of the...
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Children's Book Illustration and Writing

In this course, each student develops a children's book from an initial concept to a "dummy" ready for submission to a publisher. The class explores the entire production process, including searching for ideas, writing a first draft, making sketches and character studies, editing, creating finished artwork and dummies, and writing cover letters and submitting a finished work to publishers. Writing assignments help students focus their ideas and build their stories. Illustration assignments lea...
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Playwriting from Personal Experience

How do you start writing a play? In this workshop, students use personal experience as a springboard for generating original characters, stories, and imagery for the stage. Basic elements of playwriting are explored through in-class writing exercises and weekly writing assignments. We experiment with the possibilities of dramatic storytelling, with an emphasis on fictionalizing and transforming personal experiences and memories. Students read their own work aloud and discuss it in class and al...
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Playwriting

An introduction to the basics of drama, including story, character, conflict, scene construction, and overall plotting. Students also consider issues such as drama as metaphor, realities of staging, and production problems. The course is geared to the theatrical experience of each student, with readings and writing exercises suggested when appropriate. Feedback from classmates approximates an audience experience, and the instructor provides detailed responses to all work submitted. Students sh...
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Print media is on the decline and may well be on the way out, but readers continue to flock to the Internet to get their fill of media. What does this mean for aspiring journalists and authors? How ca

Print media is on the decline and may well be on the way out, but readers continue to flock to the Internet to get their fill of media. What does this mean for aspiring journalists and authors? How can they prepare for the brave new world of Web reporting, blogging, and multimedia journalism and still be true to their dreams of creating great nonfiction writing? The simple truths of communicating are the same in any medium. Students practice narrative style, interviewing techniques, and anecdo...
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New Media Journalism

No longer limited to once-a-day deadlines and publications, journalists are now required to know how to deliver accurate news reports using a variety of media formats. Students learn to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to crowd source ideas, connect with interview subjects, and break stories in real time. Emphasis is on writing well-crafted stories. Projects include live reporting an event on Twitter, creating and analyzing videos, and packaging news reports.
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Writing for New York City Newspapers and Magazines

The New York Times, Daily News, Newsday, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal all use freelance writers for profiles, features, reviews, news stories, humor, and editorials. So do New York Magazine, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, and the New Yorker. Taught by a writer whose work has appeared in more than 100 publications, this course reveals the secrets of breaking in. Topics include tailoring pieces to specific columns, writing a perfect cover and pitch letter, contacting the right e...
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The Experimental Essay

The experimental essay trespasses on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. It evolves from trials, impulses, longings, and risks—often culminating in a form that is both surprising and inventive. It is a genre in which, as Emerson says, "everything is admissible, philosophy, ethics, divinity, criticism, poetry, humor, fun, mimicry, anecdotes, jokes, ventriloquism." We read a variety of experimental essays, spanning different time periods and cultures. Paying close attention to form as well as...
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Self and Craft Creative Writing

This exploration of the craft of fiction and of expressive, personal nonfiction (essays, memoirs, reminiscences, humor, travel sketches) balances technical concerns with awareness of how the writing process engages and transforms the writer's self. The "process" approach to writing, which recognizes that imaginative work often discovers its true subject, style, and form in the course of several revisions, is stressed, as is a professional approach to regularly putting words on paper. Class ses...
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Radical Generation

Using experiments, tricks, prompts, and forms from masters of radical generation, we flip the usual model of the workshop to produce, in class, the maximum amount of writing possible in ten weeks. Unlike in traditional workshop settings, editing happens outside of class. Across genres we study the methods of both radically prolific writers as well as writers whose content was radical in the context of their own generations. We work to transform our writing lives from miserly and stuck to abund...
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Writing Your Personal Story

This workshop teaches students methods of capturing their own memories, dreams, childhood experiences, and personal truths in a unique voice. They learn how to write with precision of thought and language, unimpeded by the inner critic. Exercises in class and weekly writing assignments help students establish disciplined work habits. The instructor critiques all student work, suggesting revisions and guiding serious writers toward publication. Assigned readings provide models of subject matter...
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Memoir Writing

“The memoir is the novel of the 21st century,” writes Susan Cheever. This contemporary art form holds a prominent place in today’s literary world. Editors respond to voice and tone, where writers capture the story, transport readers to another place, and convey honest feelings. Memoirs range from the humorous style of David Sedaris, to the stark minimalism of Joan Didion and Nick Flynn, who push new boundaries. This workshop is designed for writers who have started a memoir as well as...
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Food Narratives

Food, glorious food! Is food a source of pleasure or anxiety? What did you have for dinner last night or for breakfast this morning? How did you decide what to eat and how to prepare it? Do you long for the food of your childhood? Does your religion and spiritual life guide your food choices? How would you describe the flavors of last night's meal to your best friend? These are the sorts of questions that trigger the most memorable writing on the subject of cuisine and gastronomy. In this cou...
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Essay Writing in a Changing World

The world of writing and reading is changing rapidly, in large part because of changing technology. This writing course is designed for students eager to use new technologies to write and publish personal essays, including autobiographical essays, arts and cultural criticism, and pieces about race and ethnicity and social and political change. Assignments draw attention to the connections and tensions between individual experience and social context. Students write five short pieces and two lo...
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Intermediate Fiction Workshop

This workshop is designed for students who have writing experience or life experience that puts them beyond the beginner level. Class exercises develop writing skills and broaden students' awareness of creative possibilities. Readings on structure and technique by Madison Smartt Bell and Joyce Carol Oates guide the class's thinking and discussions. Selected works by contemporary authors, coupled with interviews from the Paris Review, encourage students to explore influences and techniques. Stu...
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Fiction Writing: Memory, Imagination, Desire

Fiction, though we write it to share with the world, comes from a place within us that is a private, interior alembic in which memory and imagination, heated by desire, mix. This course helps students discover this special place and the voices that arise from it and learn how to draw these voices into a well-written story. We ponder the essential mystery of putting words on paper--how to discover material, conquer initial confusion or lack of confidence, and proceed with discipline. Basics are...
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Fiction Writing

This course acquaints students with aspects of fiction-writing technique. It is designed for students trying to develop a project or find the approach with which they can best express themselves. The instructor discusses viewpoint, mood, characterization, dialogue, plot, and story. Readings from the works of Joyce, Hemingway, Sterne, and D. H. Lawrence demonstrate these elements. During the early weeks, the instructor may give assignments to help students explore their own experiences for real...
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The Novel Workshop

This workshop is for students who want to develop the discipline and skills needed to write a novel. Exercises keep the class writing at a fast clip and are aimed at developing facility with elements of the novel, such as character, story, plot, dialogue, and meaning. Students encounter different possibilities of form, style, and subject matter through close readings of historical and contemporary novelists including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jean Rhys, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, and Lynn...
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Poetry: The Language of Music

This study of musical poetics focuses on the buried linguistic and musical structures of poetry and on the way these structures create voice and meaning in a poem. We discuss the way music serves as a muse for the poet and creates a relationship between form and content. Some class time is devoted to close reading of established and younger poets representing different poetic styles, and to close listening to the voices of poets reading from their own work. Most class time, however, is devoted...
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From Silence to Poem

Beginning and advanced writers work on dismantling silences in their lives and generating poems from personal experience. We work in a safe, functional community to open hidden places within ourselves. The heretical Gospel According to Thomas says, "If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you. If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you." This notion informs our work together, enabling the writer to follo...
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