CRW 325M l Creative Writing
Instructor: Saurborn, L
Unique #: 34735-34765
Semester: Fall 2017
Computer Instruction: No
Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 303D (or 603B), (316K,) 316L, 316M, 316N, 316P, or T C 303D (or 603B).
Description: This is an introductory course in reading and writing fiction and poetry, intended for students interested in grounding themselves in a creative writing practice. During the semester, we will investigate matters of the writer’s craft—such as imagery, character, and structure—and matters of the reader’s connection—such as place, person, and community.
Assignments are designed to explore the principles of poetic composition and prose writing, and to encourage deeper reflection upon the work of poets and writers we read for class. By the semester’s end, each student will have a portfolio of revised creative work and the foundation from which to create more.
Class meetings will include writing exercises, discussion, and reading. Every week, students will meet with their small-group discussion sections. These sections will include the critique of student work, peer review, and analysis of contemporary models.
Texts: Imaginative Writing, 4th Edition, by Janet Burroway; Barefoot Dogs, by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho; King Me, by Roger Reeves; The Balloonists, by Eula Biss.
Requirements & Grading: Character Sketch, 5 pts.; Plot Sketch, 5 pts.; Short Story Draft , 15 pts.; Poem #1 Draft, 5 pts.; Poem #2 Draft, 5 pts.; Suite of 3-5 poems (Draft ), 15 pts.; Reading Responses 1 & 2 (5 pts. each), 10 pts.; Revised Portfolio & Process Statement (Revised short story & poem suite), 20 pts.; Participation (quizzes, written and verbal workshop feedback, lecture and section participation), 20 pts.
Note: In place of a final exam, students will be graded on a final writing portfolio, in which work from over the semester has been revised.
Attendance is required. Students may not miss more than three classes without lowering the final grade.