logo

figure

course catalog

e-mail

contact us

search

home



In this Department

Catalog 

 Other Links

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program is a rigorous program for student writers of serious purpose who want to develop their potential through a series of workshops and individual projects. Students work through a syllabus of reading, exercises, and assignments in classes that divide their time between presentations of assignments and discussions of student work. Most advanced work is accomplished through individual projects.

There is a large demand for writing courses at all levels. Most courses and all individual projects require submissions and application forms that are designed to assess students' serious commitment to the nature and structure of the classes. Students who receive a grade of B- or lower in CRWR 201 are normally discouraged from pursuing the major.

Major. Students must complete at least 25 hours in Creative Writing which must include the following: Creative Writing 201; three of the five workshops (poetry, fiction, playwriting, nonfiction, translation) that are offered on a regular basis; and two independent projects, one intermediate and one advanced, which should be in the same genre. Seniors in advanced projects will work on projects of substantial quality, and will normally give a reading during their final semester.

Twelve hours of literature (in English, in translation, or in a foreign language) are also required, above the beginning level. Students are encouraged to take literature courses in the genre(s) in which they are writing. Film, theory, and other courses that do not focus primarily on written literature will not count toward this requirement, even if they are offered by the English Department. A list of recommended literature courses will be available in the Creative Writing Office prior to registration each semester.

First-year students are advised to take CRWR 110 and 120, but only one of these courses will count toward the 25 hours required for the major.

Students must have taken CRWR 201 before applying for 300-level poetry or fiction workshops, and must have completed the relevant 300-level workshop (and normally one other 300-level workshop as well) before pursuing an individual project in a given genre.

CRWR 380/381, 470/471 and 480/481 are repeatable for credit, but only two credits of Reading for Writing (470/471) may count toward the major. CRWR 220 and 331 do not count toward the major.

The Program encourages cultural diversity among students and welcomes students of all cultural backgrounds.

Winter Term. Various faculty will sponsor projects on worthwhile topics that students have carefully designed in consultation with them before the registration deadline. Winter Term workshops, supervised by faculty and directed by advanced students, will be offered to students who have not taken Creative Writing 201.

back to top

Courses of Instruction

110. Technique and Form in Poetry 3 hours
3HU

Extensive reading of published poetry from a creative writing perspective. Writing includes weekly exercises aimed at exploring the various techniques of poetry used in the assigned reading. The class combines lecture-demonstrations and discussion of student exercises. Notes: 35 places reserved for first-year students, 15 for sophomores. Enrollment Limit: 50.

Sem 1 CRWR-110-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Ms. Collins

120. Technique and Form in Fiction 3 hours
3HU

Extensive reading of published fiction from a creative writing perspective. Writing includes weekly exercises aimed at exploring the various techniques of fiction used in the assigned reading. The class combines lecture-demonstrations and discussion of student exercises. Notes: 35 places reserved for first-year students, 15 for sophomores. Enrollment Limit: 50.

Sem 2 CRWR-120-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Chaon

201. Poetry/Prose Workshop 4 hours
4HU, WR

The reading and writing of poetry, short fiction, and some drama. Students must submit a completed application form and a typed sample of recent work (at least two genres, due in Program office Thursday, June 14, 2001 for first semester, and Thursday, January 17, 2002 for second semester). Notes: Not open to first-semester first-year students and seniors; juniors discouraged; some second-semester first-year students may be admitted. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 CRWR-201-01 MW 2:30-4:20 Mr. Chaon
CRWR-201-02 MW 2:30-4:20 Ms. Estes
Sem 2 CRWR-201-01 MW 2:30-4:20 Ms. Alexander
CRWR-201-02 MW 2:30-4:20 Ms. Bucak
CRWR-201-03 MW 2:30-4:20 Ms. Tufts

220. Writing Fiction 3 hours
3HU

The writing of short fiction. Students who have taken CRWR 120 and/or 201 may apply, but there are no prerequisites. The course will count toward the English major, creative writing concentration, but not toward the creative writing major. Admission based on a completed application form and writing sample (due in program office by Thursday, June 14, 2001). Notes: Not open to first-year students. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.

Sem 1 CRWR-220-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Ms. Bucak

310. Poetry Workshop 3 hours
3HU, WR

The writing of poetry. Intensive discussion of student work, accompanied by assigned reading. Admission based on a completed application form and a writing sample of 6-8 poems (due in Program office by Thursday, June 14, 2001 for first semester, and Thursday, January 17, 2002 for second semester). Prerequisites: CRWR 201. Identical to ENGL 395. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.

Sem 1 CRWR-310-01 W 7:15-10:00 p.m. Ms. Collins

Sem 2 CRWR-310-01 T 7:15-10:00 p.m. Ms. Alexander

320. Fiction Workshop 4 hours
4HU, WR

The writing of short fiction. Admission based on a completed application form and a writing sample of at least 12 pages of fiction, made up of at least 2 separate pieces (due in Program office by Thursday, June 14, 2001 for first semester, and Thursday, January 17, 2002 for second semester). Prerequisites: CRWR 201. Identical to ENGL 397. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.

Sem 1 CRWR-320-01 Th 7:00-10:00 p.m. Ms. Bucak

Sem 2 CRWR-320-01 Th 7:00-10:00 p.m. Mr. Chaon

330. Playwriting Workshop 4 hours
4HU, WR

A workshop focused on discussion of student work and on selected examples from modern and contemporary drama, working toward a staged reading of an original one-act play. The course presupposes considerable knowledge of drama. Admission based on a completed application form and writing sample (due in Program office by Thursday, January 17, 2002). Identical to ENGL 398. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.

Sem 2 CRWR-330-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Walker

331. Playwriting Lab 1 hour
1HU

For actors who are available to students in the playwriting class; to try out work in progress and be available for any productions that result. See CRWR 330. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required.

Sem 2 CRWR-331-01 To be arranged Mr. Walker

340. Nonfiction Workshop 4 hours
4HU, WRi

The writing of personal narratives which employ the techniques of both the traditional essay and fiction, with an emphasis on nonfiction as a literary art form. Students will read work by modern and contemporary authors with an eye toward understanding the variety of modes which come under the current heading "creative nonfiction" (memoir, meditation, travel, cultural critique, etc.), and will be asked to employ a number of these methods and approaches in their own work. Admission based on a completed application and writing sample (due in Program office by Thursday, June 14, 2001 for first semester, and Thursday, January 17, 2002 for second semester). Recommended preparation: CRWR 201. Identical to ENGL 396. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.

Sem 1 CRWR-340-01 Th 7:00-10:00 p.m. Mr. Chaon

Sem 2 CRWR-340-01 Th 7:00-10:00 p.m. Ms. Bucak

350. Translation Workshop 3 hours
3HU, CD

Major writers in modern and contemporary poetry and some classical examples studied by translating them into effective American English. Exercises and assignments in the first half will help students focus on a project of their own design in the second half. Guest appearances by local and visiting writers. This course has no prerequisites, but some knowledge of a foreign language and some experience in writing poetry are required. Admission is based on a completed application form and writing sample (due in Program Office by Thursday, June 14, 2001). Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.

Sem 1 CRWR-350-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15. Mr. Friebert


380, 381. Intermediate Writing Projects 2-3 hours
2-3HU, WR

Students will work individually with an instructor in a single genre. Majors should have completed at least two and preferably three of their required 300-level workshops before applying. Applications due in Program office by Thursday, June 14, 2001 for first semester, and Thursday, January 17, 2002 for second semester. Faculty sponsoring projects include: Ms. Alexander, Ms. Bucak, Mr. Chaon, Ms. Collins, Ms. Estes, Ms. Grim, Mr. Hobbs, Ms. Jackson-Smith, Ms. Tufts, Mr. Van Nortwick, Mr. Walker. Prerequisites: Workshop in the genre of specialization (i.e. poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting or translation) and one other workshop. Consent of instructor required.

470, 471. Reading for Writing 1-2 hours
1-2HU

This course is a supplement to and not a substitute for required literature courses. Advanced students, upon consulting with a faculty sponsor, will select a reading list, keep a journal of their critical responses, and/or discuss the material they contract to cover with the instructor. Faculty sponsoring projects include: Ms. Alexander, Ms. Bucak, Mr. Chaon, Ms. Collins, Ms. Estes, Mr. Walker. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required.

480, 481. Advanced Writing Projects 3-4 hours
3-4HU, WR

Students will work individually with an instructor in a single genre. Applications due in Program office by Thursday, June 14, 2001 for first semester, and Thursday, January 17, 2002 for second semester. Faculty sponsoring projects include: Ms. Alexander, Ms. Bucak, Mr. Chaon, Ms. Collins, Ms. Estes, Ms. Grim, Mr. Hobbs, Ms. Jackson-Smith, Ms. Tufts, Mr. Van Nortwick, Mr. Walker. Prerequisites: An intermediate writing project in the same genre. Consent of instructor required.

490. Senior Colloquium 1 hour
1HU

A one-credit colloquium for seniors who have completed at least one intermediate project (CRWR 380, 381). A variety of topics will be covered in meetings with various faculty, staff, and visiting writers, and some sessions may be devoted to discussion of student work (topics will be determined in part by discussion with students at the first session). Some reading and written work will be required. Students may take the course twice, but those who have not been enrolled before will be given priority. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 CRWR-490-01 T 7:15-9:15 p.m. Ms. Collins
Sem 2 CRWR-490-01 M 7:15-9:15 p.m. Ms. Alexander

back to top

copyright

line

comments

email

search

ochome