DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Division of Creative Writing

Course Descriptions

SPRING 2017

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.

100 F INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING. MW 2-3:15

Acquaints students with the technical choices a writer makes in creating stories, poems, and related written forms like creative nonfiction. Activities include mini-lectures about craft, discussions of related reading assignments, creative writing and analytical exercises, as well as visits by working writers.

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 M READING FOR WRITERS. TUTH 9:30-10:45

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 F TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING, Shakar. M 2-4:20

TOPIC: Screenwriting

This is an introductory class in the art of screenwriting. You’ll learn screenplay format and technique through reading, written exercises, workshops and discussion. Meanwhile, you’ll develop a premise and an outline for your own feature-length screenplay. Next, we’ll move into full-workshop mode, and you’ll write the first third of your screenplay.

202 P TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING, Harrington. TUTH 11-12:15

TOPIC: Writing for Young Children: The Picture Book

Ready to write the next Where the Wild Things Are? Have you always wanted to write for younger children? Do you enjoy reading children’s books? Then join us for a fast-paced workshop in picture book narratives. Students will use traditional forms (cumulative stories, anaphoric structure, poetry, and others) to write picture book narratives for preschool through third grade. This is not an art class. You won’t draw pictures! You’ll do something even better: write the text.

202 WC TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING, Coyoca. TUTH 2-3:20

meets with LLS 296

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.

204 INTERMEDIATE NARRATIVE WRITING

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

206 M INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING. TUTH 9:30-10:45

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.

208 S CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING. TUTH 2-3:15

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

243 M INTERMEDIATE EXPOSITORY WRITING. TUTH 9:30-10:45

Practice in expository types, with emphasis on style and critical analysis. Restricted to Creative Writing majors. Prerequisite: completion of campus Composition I requirement. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

404 ADVANCED NARRATIVE WRITING. 1U: MW 12:30-1:45; 2U TUTH 11-12:15

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. TUTH 12:30-1:45

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 S INTRO TO LITERARY EDITING. TUTH 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.

463 1U/1G ADVANCED TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING, Sanders. MW 2-3:15

TOPIC: Writing the Young Adult and Middle Grade Novel

In this workshop class, we’ll embark upon the journey of creating quality literature for younger readers. Students will conceive, plan, and begin writing novels for either Young Adults (ages 12 and up) or the Middle Grade crowd (ages 8-12). We’ll have plenty of discussion about structure, world-building, character development, writing process, and market appeal. We’ll also read and discuss novels for these demographics, from authors such as Rainbow Rowell, Patrick Ness, Jerry Spinelli, and Ellen Raskin.

GRADUATE SEMINARS

504 W WRITING WORKSHOP IN FICTION, Shakar. M 5-6:50 p.m.

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 R WRITING WORKSHOP IN POETRY, Harrington. TH 1-2:50

Directed individual projects, with group discussion in poetry.

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