Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Creative Writing Course Descriptions: Spring 2014

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.


CW 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.


CW 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.


CW 200 P READING FOR WRITERS. TUTH 11-12:15

This course emphasizes the study of the mechanics of stories and poems. Students will discuss and write about the decisions that writers face 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.


CW 202 C TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING, Capino. M 1-12:50

TOPIC: Dramatic Writing

This course teaches the rudiments of dramatic writing for the theatre and cinema. Workshop sessions are at the center of this course, which also entails screenings, exercises, and lectures. Students will write a one-act play and develop a second writing project of their choice. Readings include essays on dramatic composition (e.g. Smiley, Archer, Egri, Field) and published scripts. A few additional workshop sessions will be scheduled beyond class time to accommodate the reading and discussion of class projects.


CW 202 WC TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING, Coyoca. TUTH 11-12:20

TOPIC: Creative Writing for Marginalized People

This course is a creative writing workshop designed particularly for writers of color, but also inclusive of writers from other marginalized and oppressed groups. Students will turn in either narrative fiction or creative non-fiction stories to be critiqued by their peers. The workshop will be a safe space in which writers can explore and develop their craft in an atmosphere of support and understanding, where writers can get feedback from each other, and where writers can be empowered to continue to write about the stories they feel are important and necessary. In this class we will examine the relationship between form and content, stories and politics. In addition to sharing your own creative pieces with each other, you will also read and discuss stories by published writers.


CW 204 INTERMEDIATE NARRATIVE WRITING

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


CW 206 F INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING, Price. 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.


CW 208 X CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING, Davenport. MW 12:30-1:45

Practice in the writing 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.


CW 243 G INTERMEDIATE EXPOSITORY WRITING. MW 3:30-4:45

CW 243 is restricted to creative writing 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 CW 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.


CW 404 1U/1G ADVANCED NARRATIVE WRITING, Rubins. MW 12:30-1:45

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.


CW 404 2U/2G ADVANCED NARRATIVE WRITING, Shakar. 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.


CW 406 1U/1G ADVANCED POETRY WRITING, Madonick. TUTH 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.


CW 406 2U/2G ADVANCED POETRY WRITING, Price. MW 3:30-4:45

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


CW 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.


CW 460 T INTRO TO LITERARY EDITING, Minicucci. TUTH 3:30-4:45

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.



Creative Writing Graduate Seminars


504 I WRITING WORKSHOP IN FICTION, Shakar. M 5-6:50 pm

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, Madonick. TH 3:30-6:30

Directed individual projects, with group discussion in poetry.


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 G SPECIAL TOPICS, Petty. W 3-4:50

TOPIC: The Lyric Essay

In this seminar, we will closely consider the lyric essay—its origins and its aesthetics. Students will respond creatively and analytically to weekly readings, and will present a final creative piece in one of the forms studied. Readings will include works by: Lia Purpura, David Shields, Eula Biss, John D’Agata and Mary Ruefle.