Department of English

CRW 325F • Fiction Writing

34120 • Ruiz-Camacho, Antonio
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM CAL 221
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CRW 325F  l  Fiction Writing

 

Instructor:  Ruiz-Camacho, A

Unique:  34120

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  One of the following:  C L 315, E 303B (or 603B), (316K,) 316L, 316M, 316N, 316P, 316K, or T C 303B (or 603B).

 

Description:  This course focuses on the writing of narrative fiction, with specific emphasis on the short story form.  The first step in developing creative writing skills is to learn how to read as a writer, so substantial attention will be given to reading and discussing short stories.  Students will be required to analyze the structure and craft of the short stories assigned.  Learning how to identify the fundamental elements and narrative techniques in the assigned readings will help students recognize and employ these techniques in their own work.  In order to facilitate class discussion on the craft of fiction writing we will read selected stories and readings on craft, along with a number of chapters from Stein on Writing, by Sol Stein.  Students should come to class prepared for short quizzes on the content and terms used in the assigned readings, and to do in-class writing exercises derived from them.  Each week we will focus on a different element of the craft of fiction – dialogue, description, setting, conflict, and more.  Later on, we will discuss work created by the students.  Students should be prepared to read and discuss their work in class, since a large amount of class time will be conducted in the workshop format.  Through writing exercises, story workshops, and discussion of published work, students will write new work (two short stories) and read the work of others always with an eye toward inciting fresh ways of thinking about fiction.  Students should emerge from the class with a solid grounding in narrative and with a couple of stories for further development.

 

Texts:  Stein on Writing, 1st edition; Material posted on Blackboard.

 

Requirements & Grading:  Two writing assignments: 35% each; Class participation, Quizzes, Workshop discussion: 30%.  No final exam.  Papers are due on the dates indicated.  Late submissions will not be accepted.


CRW 330 • Literature For Writers

34130 • Berry, Betsy
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM CAL 221
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CRW 330  l  Literature for Writers [Certificate]

 

Instructor:  Berry, B

Unique #:  34130 & 34135

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  One of the following: CRW 325 (or E 325), 325F (or E 325F), 325M, 325P (or E 325P).

 

Description:  “Literature for Writers” is a fledgling course, though new courses are frequently the perfect opportunity in which to create unique and vibrant writing.  CRW 330, originally created for graduate creative writers, is only in its second semester at the undergraduate level, so we are all getting in on the ground floor of what I plan to be a memorable course.  The class will introduce to creative writers literary readings that inspire, motivate, and encourage the best from one’s own work.  Sportswriter Red Smith famously quipped “Writing’s easy.  You just sit down at the typewriter and open a vein.”  But focused assignments and professional advice on what to write and how to do so can make the job easier, ideally resulting in solid, memorable results.  Thoughtful direction, motivation, and imaginative prompts that seek imaginative responses are tools of the trade that I will use to encourage the best writing from my students, forging a strong foundation for the future of your craft, what I like to call the writing life.

 

We will look with a careful eye at several successful writers whose prose offers highly “teachable” literature.  We will focus on such strategies as point of view, voice, place, atmosphere, author imitation, character names and development, and of course plot.  We will neither study nor be writing sci-fi, fantasy (gothic or otherwise), or YA (as in Young Adult).

 

Texts:  We will most likely be using a textbook by the aptly named Francine Prose, Reading for Writers: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them.  (I might also be using various writing examples and suggestions from Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, but this text will not be required.)  We will also be reading Australian writer Kate Jennings’ novel Snake, a unique novel in its plot and telling, probably like nothing you have ever read.  We will read from master stylist Ernest Hemingway’s first story collection, In Our Time, published when Hemingway was 27.  We will also be reading a memoir, which is what I am working on in my own writing at present, so I won’t have a final choice in that important category until nearer the beginning of our course.  I will post required course texts on Canvas when they are available.

 

Requirements & Grading:  There will be weekly writing briefs, written responses to both the readings and my own writing assignment concoctions (which I try to make challenging, fun, and rewarding).  One piece of writing will be initiated early and revised through the semester.  Specifics will be outlined on the course syllabus, presently a work in progress.


CRW 330 • Literature For Writers

34125 • Heinzelman, Kurt
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 310
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CRW 330  l  Literature for Writers [Certificate]

 

Instructor:  Heinzelman, K

Unique #:  34125

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  One of the following: CRW 325 (or E 325), 325F (or E 325F), 325M, 325P (or E 325P).

 

Description:  The official name of this course is “Literature for Writers,” but I would prefer to call it “Reading Like a Writer,” which is also the title of a wonderful book by an author with the wholly appropriate name of Francine Prose.  Her book is subtitled: “A Guide for People Who Love Books And For Those Who Want to Write Them.”  I recommend this text highly to all prospective students.

 

The texts that we will be “reading as writers” will be composed in both prose and verse, for the simple reason that prose writers can learn much about rhythm, figurative language, and structure from reading lyrics, just as poets can learn much about narrative, character, and timing from reading fiction.

 

Some of the literary works will focus on poetic or narrative forms; others will be thematic—e.g., writing about place or about art (the technical term for the latter is ekphrasis); and still others will introduce comparative analyses—e.g., of why one translation is “better” than another.

 

Requirements & Grading:  There will be weekly writing briefs—short responses to the week’s literary reading; there will be creative responses (in prose and/or verse) to the readings, 3 over the course of the term; and there will be one final creative work.  No exams—no final, no quizzes—but students will be periodically giving oral presentations on the weekly textual assignments, which will require some original research on their part.

 

Students are permitted two absences without penalty.  More than that and the final grade will be affected.  Grading scale: final essay and creative responses = 60%; class participation and responses to weekly reading = 40%


CRW 340F • Short Story Workshop

34140 • Lasalle, Peter
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM PAR 310
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CRW 340F l  Short Story Workshop [Certificate]

 

Instructor:  LaSalle, P

Unique #:  34140

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  CRW 325F (or E 325F), or 325M

 

Description:  This is an intermediate fiction-writing course.

 

The student will be responsible for two complete short stories, 10-15 pages each.

 

Student work will be examined in class with workshop discussion, and the student will meet with the instructor in conference to discuss projects and progress.

 

There will also be discussion of some larger ideas concerning theory and technique of fiction writing, reading from an anthology of short stories, and a project involving reading and reporting on literary magazines.

 

Requirements & Grading:  The grade will be a matter, essentially, of the quality of the written work (90%); in-class quizzes and class participation will also be figured in (10%).

 

This is a writing course with no final exam.


CRW 340F • Short Story Workshop

34150 • Casares, Oscar
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 305
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CRW 340F  l  Short Story Workshop [Certificate]

 

Instructor:  Casares, O

Unique #:  34150

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  CRW 325F (or E 325F), or 325M.

 

Description:  Practice in writing the short story, with study of contemporary models.

 

This course is designed for students who have already taken Fiction Writing (325F or 325M) and have a serious interest in writing fiction.  Since the class is primarily a workshop, we will discuss student work for the majority of the semester.

 

Texts: Various texts posted on Canvas

 

Requirements & Grading:  Students are required to write two short stories (each 8-15 pages) that will be discussed in a workshop.  One of these stories will be revised for an additional grade.  For all the other student work discussed in class, you will be responsible for writing detailed critiques (1-2 pages).  Attendance is required.  There will be no final exam.

 

Two Stories, 60%; Revision, 30%; Classroom participation, 10%


CRW 340F • Short Story Workshop

34155 • Ruiz-Camacho, Antonio
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM CAL 200
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CRW 340F  l  Short Story Workshop [Certificate]

 

Instructor:  Ruíz-Camacho, A

Unique #:  34155

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  CRW 325F (or E 325F), or 325M.

 

Description:  This course functions primarily as an intermediate-level workshop.  We will read several short stories and essays on the craft of fiction, all of which should help you further develop your writing skills.  We will speak less about the themes and meanings of stories and more about how the writer arrived at a particular theme and meaning.  In other words, the course attempts to uncover the mechanics behind fiction, which we do in order for you to learn how to apply these same mechanics to your own stories.

 

Students will write two original short stories for the course, and revise both stories for additional grades.  Other assignments will involve critiquing stories, both verbally and in written form.  You should come to class prepared for a short pop quiz over many of the listed readings.

 

Texts: Reading Like a Writer, 1st edition; Stein on Writing, 1st edition; Material posted on Canvas.

 

Requirements and Grading:  Two writing assignments: 35% each; Class participation, Quizzes, Workshop discussion: 30%.  No final exam.  Papers are due on the dates indicated.  Late submissions will not be accepted.


CRW 340F • Short Story Workshop

34145 • Pipkin, John
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CAL 22
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CRW 340F  l  Short Story Workshop [Certificate]

 

Instructor:  Pipkin, J

Unique #:  34145

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  CRW 325F (or E 325F), or 325M.

 

Description:  This is an intermediate course in fiction writing, designed for students who have already taken Fiction Writing (325F or 325M) and have a serious interest in writing fiction.  Since the class is primarily a workshop, we will discuss student work for the majority of the semester.  The workshops are intended to improve writing skills as well as reading and critiquing skills, so all students are expected to actively participate in the workshop discussions.  All work must be original, written for this class and not for another class taken earlier or concurrently.

 

Texts:  This course will follow the workshop format, but we will also read some published stories for discussion of craft.  Additional stories and handouts will be provided in class or posted on Canvas.

 

Requirements & Grading:  You are required to write two short stories (each 8-15 pages) that will be discussed in a workshop setting and later revised.  For all student work discussed in class, you will be responsible for writing detailed critiques (1-2 pages).

 

Grading: 1st story 30%; 2nd story 30%; in-class participation 20%; written critiques 20%.  Attendance is mandatory.  More than three absences will negatively affect the final grade.


CRW 340P • Poetry Workshop

34160 • Saurborn, Laura
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM GAR 2.112
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CRW 340P  l  Poetry Workshop

 

Instructor:  Saurborn, L

Unique #:  34160

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  CRW 325M or 325P (or E 325P).

 

Description:  In this course, we will write poems, we will read poems, and we will work together to seriously engage with the art to our highest capacities.  Class meetings will include the workshop of student poems and the discussion of creative and critical work by practicing poets.

 

Texts:  The Balloonists by Eula Biss; The Wish Book by Alex Lemon; Bright Dead Things: Poems by Ada Limon; Four-Legged Girl: Poems by Diane Seuss; Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong.

 

Requirements and Grading:  Grades will be based on a final portfolio of original poems and revisions (40%); creative and/or critical exercises (30%); and class participation (30%).

 

Attendance is mandatory.  More than three absences will negatively impact the final grade.


CRW 370H • Honors Creative Writng Project

34165 • Saurborn, Laura
Meets MW 8:30AM-10:00AM CAL 419
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CRW 370H  l  Honors Creative Writing Project

 

Instructor:  Saurborn, L

Unique #:  34165

Semester:  Spring 2018

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  Creative Writing Honors

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  Consent of the honors advisor.

 

Description:  The Honors Creative Writing Project is intended for advanced students in creative nonfiction, fiction, playwriting, poetry, and screenwriting, those who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to writing and wish to work under supervision on a particular project to culminate in a final creative thesis.

 

Please note:  Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in their third upper-division Creative Writing certificate course at the time of application.  A University Grade Point Average of GPA of at least 3.33 and a grade point average of at least 3.66 in program courses are required for the Honors Creative Writing Certificate to be awarded.

 

Requirements and Grading:  Grades will be based on the final thesis of original creative work (50%); thesis status reports (20%); meeting attendance (20%); and a thesis reading (10%).

 

Attendance is mandatory.  More than three absences may negatively impact the final grade.


CRW 370H • Honors Creative Writng Project

34170 • Harvey, Jonathan
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 21
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CRW 370H  l  Honors Creative Writing Project

 

Instructor:  Edward Carey

Unique #:  34170

Semester:  Spring 2017

Cross-lists:  n/a

Restrictions:  Creative Writing Honors

Computer Instruction:  No

 

Prerequisites:  Consent of the honors advisor.

 

Description:  This division of the Honors Creative Writing Project is intended for advanced students in fiction, those who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to writing and wish to work under supervision on a particular project to culminate in a final creative thesis.  In addition to providing an opportunity for creative concentration, the CRW HP allows students to further refine their analytical and critical capabilities through intensive peer review workshops.

 

Please note:  Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in their third upper-division Creative Writing certificate course at the time of application.  A University Grade Point Average of GPA of at least 3.33 and a grade point average of at least 3.66 in program courses are required for the Honors Creative Writing Certificate to be awarded.

 

Requirements and Grading:  Grades will be based on the final thesis of original creative work (50%); thesis status reports (15%); class participation (25%); and a thesis reading (10%).

 

Attendance is mandatory.  More than three absences may negatively impact the final grade.