Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


English Course Descriptions: Fall 2013

All courses in the creative writing series emphasize the student’s own work and are taught as workshops.  The classes have an enrollment limit of 18 to insure the maximum efficiency of the workshop and to permit adequate individual attention.  Class attendance and participation will be counted as an extremely important part of the course requirement.

 

104 INTRODUCTORY NARRATIVE WRITING

Practice in the writing of narrative prose, with primary emphasis on short fiction. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.

 

106 INTRODUCTORY POETRY WRITING

Practice in the writing of poetry; experimentation with a number of fixed forms and free verse, but emphasis mainly on the student’s freedom to develop a personal style. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.

 

200 E READING FOR WRITERS.  MWF 1

Think of Reading for Writers as the course a group of fiction writers and poets might take when they want to talk and write about the mechanics of stories and poems, the decisions that face writers as they build or shape the things they write, the formal elements that time and again surface as the basic tools at hand.  This course seeks also to help writers understand the necessity for a shared reading list that encourages conversations among writers about what we do and how it gets done well.  Such a reading list should help writers as they move through one of our Creative Writing sequences, poetry or fiction.  This class satisfies a literature requirement in the Creative Writing major.

 

202 D TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING, Harrington.  MW 11-12:15

        TOPIC: Writing for Children

Writing a children’s book is not easy!  This fiction workshop provides a basic introduction to writing short fiction for children.  Through close reading and critical analysis, we will study the craft behind popular short stories for ages 8-12. Participants will write and develop a manuscript suitable for publication.  Students will also read and critique the written work of their peers.  Students should expect to revise and polish each story through several drafts.  Students must have completed CW 104 to take this course.

 

204 INTERMEDIATE NARRATIVE WRITING

Practice in the writing of fiction, with emphasis on the short story. Prerequisite: CW 104 or equivalent.

 

206 F INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING.  MW 2-3:15

Builds upon the workshop format of CW 106, with an emphasis on prosody and poetic technique. Students will deepen their sense of craft by putting into practice their study and understanding of a variety of poetic forms (e.g., syllabic poetry, dramatic monologue, sonnet, bound/free verse) and technical concerns (e.g., voice, tone, line, line break, image). The workshop component of the course typically includes 8-12 completed poems and their revisions. Prerequisite: CW 106.

 

208 G CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING.  MW 3:30-4:45

Types of nonfiction prose, including the personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, and historical writing. Prerequisite: RHET 233 or RHET 243, or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

 

404 1U/1G ADVANCED NARRATIVE WRITING, Rubins.  TUTH 9:30-10:45

Prerequisite is CW 204.  This third level workshop continues the writing of fiction at a more advanced level.  Students meet regular deadlines and work on projects of their own design.


 

404 2U/2G ADVANCED NARRATIVE WRITING.  MW 3:30-4:45

Prerequisite is CW 204.  This third level workshop continues the writing of fiction at a more advanced level.  Students meet regular deadlines and work on projects of their own design.

 

406 1U/1G ADVANCED POETRY WRITING, Madonick.  MW 11-12:15

Practice of the writing of poetry aided by intensive study of examples.  Prerequisite: CW 206 or equivalent.  Prerequisite: CW 206 or equivalent.

 

455 WRITING TUTORIAL - NARRATIVE, POETRY, OR CREATIVE NONFICTION

This is a tutorial course for advanced student-writers in Narrative, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction.  In Narrative and Poetry, the tutorial is designed for students who have completed the advanced course in their primary genre (404 in Narrative, 406 in Poetry).  In Creative Nonfiction, the tutorial is designed to follow the intermediate course, CW 208.  Interested students need to find an instructor with the time available for such an arrangement.  A substantial amount of writing is expected, either as a single longer project or as a series of shorter pieces.  As in all tutorial arrangements, self-motivation and self-discipline are essential in successfully meeting the demands of the course.  This course may be repeated for a total of 6 hours.

 

460 F INTRO TO LITERARY EDITING.  MW 2-3:15

Practicum in which students learn all the stages of developing and editing a literary publication. Students will solicit, read, and select poems and stories for an online supplement to the Ninth Letter literary journal. At the end of the semester, the supplement will be published on the Ninth Letter website (www.ninthletter.com). Students will gain experience in professional communications, copyediting, and marketing. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: CW 104 or CW 106.

 

 

RHETORIC CLASSES for RHETORIC/CREATIVE WRITING MAJORS

 

RHET 199 AL1 UNDERGRADUATE OPEN SEMINAR, Rubins.  Lect: MW 11; Disc: F Various times

TOPIC: Introduction to Creative Writing: Technique

“We make art.”  And in that endeavor we employ a language, a skill set, a range of practical and intuitive faculties.  The purpose of this course is to give the student some insight into the making of stories and poems and to enhance their own abilities to be productive contributors and critics in future creative writing workshops.  Writers make numerous technical choices in creating a story or a poem, this class will not only acquaint you with many of them but it will also give you the opportunity to put them into effect.  On Mondays we will have lectures on specific elements of poetry and fiction.  Wednesdays will be dedicated to readings by faculty and visiting writers.  Fridays will allow you the opportunity to work in small group discussion sections applying the techniques and skills to a close reading of stories and poems.

        RHET 199 can count for the Rhetoric/Creative Writing major.  Please see the advising office for details.

 

RHET 243 T INTERMEDIATE EXPOSITORY WRITING.  TUTH 3:30-4:45

Rhetoric 243 is restricted to rhetoric majors.  This course will give further and extensive practice in expository writing, with emphasis on style and critical analysis.  Class activities include incorporating nonfiction prose sources smoothly into arguments, audience analysis, and writing in different contexts.  Students should leave Rhetoric 243 with a polished nonfiction prose style, particularly in argument. Course size is limited to 24 students. Students will produce 7,500 words of polished prose as well as frequent in-process writing.  Prerequisite: completion of campus Composition I requirement.  This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

 

 

GRADUATE SEMINARS

500 T THE CRAFT OF FICTION, Howe.  TH 3-4:50

Examination of the creative process of fiction from the perspectives of aesthetics and techniques, illustrated from the work of selected authors.

 

502 G PROBLEMS IN POETRY WRITING, Harrington.  W 3-4:50

Examination of the creative process of poetry from the perspective of aesthetics and techniques, illustrated from the work of selected authors.

 

504 E WRITING WORKSHOP IN FICTION, Petty.  W 1-2:50

Directed projects in fiction writing, either short stories or sections of a novel, with group discussion and critique.  There will be a course packet for the class, featuring short stories and essays on the writing of fiction and related topics; there will be a discussion of these readings at the beginning of each class meeting. 


506 T WRITING WORKSHOP IN POETRY, Kelly.  TH 3-5:50

Directed individual projects, with group discussion in fiction.

 

560 NL LITERARY PUBLISHING & PROMOTION, Stanley.  Arranged

A working practicum designed to teach graduate students the basics of literary journal publishing and to introduce them to career and entrepreneurial opportunities in other types of literary arts organizations. Students will attend weekly editorial meetings, complete weekly reading assignments, and will work 2 hours per week in the ‘Ninth Letter’ office, reading manuscript submissions and completing various clerical tasks for the journal. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: MFA candidate standing.