Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


English Course Descriptions: Spring 2009

Creative Writing Courses

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.

NARRATIVE

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.

204 INTERMEDIATE NARRATIVE WRITING

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

404 ADVANCED NARRATIVE WRITING

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.

POETRY

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.

202 F COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP, Evatt.  MW 2-3:15

        TOPIC: Playwriting

This course is a writing workshop in playwriting, with emphasis on one-act plays.  Students will be required to submit their own one-act plays for review by the class.  In addition, this course will emphasize extensive reading, writing, and discussion of one-act plays by well-known and less canonical playwrights. 

202 P COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP, Jess.  TUTH 11-12:15

        TOPIC: Intermediate Poetry

Independent writing projects and examination of literature as the cultural basis of the student’s specialized fields.

406 ADVANCED POETRY WRITING

Practice of the writing of poetry aided by intensive study of examples.  Prerequisite: CW 106 or equivalent.

455 WRITING TUTORIAL - EXPOSITORY, POETRY OR NARRATIVE

This is a tutorial course which is designed to accommodate advanced student-writers of either fiction, poetry or exposition.  In fiction the course is designed to follow CW 404.  In poetry it follows CW 406.  In exposition CW 455 follows CW 208.  The students have some, though not complete choice of instructor, with whom they plan their work and arrange their conferences.  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 used to help fulfill the requirements in Honors.  This course may be repeated for a total of 6 hours.

GRADUATE SEMINARS

500 G THE CRAFT OF FICTION, Powers.  M 3-4:50

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

504 R WRITING WORKSHOP IN FICTION, Petty.  TH 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 E WRITING WORKSHOP IN POETRY, Harrington.  M 1-2:50

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.

563 DW SPECIAL TOPICS, D. Wright.  Arranged

TOPIC: Creative Nonfiction Writing

Examination of the process of creative nonfiction writing from the perspective of aesthetics and techniques, illustrated from the work of selected authors.  This is not a workshop but a directed study. The students will meet individually with the professor and will write a series of essays, among them the personal essay, food writing, travel writing and research-based narrative history.