CWR 1000: Poetic Techniques

Introduces the essentials of poetry writing, including poetic form and forms (traditional and unconventional), line structures and rhythms, figures of speech, and other elements of rhetoric, voice, and subject matter. Regular writing exercises are the heart of the course, emphasizing problems to solve and techniques to master. Reading and study of important poetic models accompanies the poetry writing. Students produce a portfolio of original poems by the end of the semester.

Credits: 4

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 1010: Introduction to Creative Writing

This introductory course in creative writing allows students to explore various genres. Poetry, the short story, and memoir are among the forms discussed. Students should be prepared to write, revise, and share portions of their work with other members of the class, and to read a selection of works by contemporary authors.

Credits: 3

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 1100: Narrative Techniques

An introduction to the fundamental aspects of fiction writing, including dialogue, plot, point of view, character development, detail, and voice. Starting from a series of writing exercises and analyses of published stories, students explore the techniques involved in creating effective fiction, using these as a springboard to complete a short story.

Credits: 4

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 2300: Creative Nonfiction

In this introduction to creative nonfiction, students explore a variety of forms within the genre, including personal narrative, memoir, reportage, and the lyric essay. Students also write and workshop their own original essays.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR1000 And CWR1100

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 2400: Poetry Writing I

Students begin to study and practice poetic strategies, producing a poem per week in response to assigned exercises. Students also develop skills in critiquing by commenting on each others’ work and by reading and discussing the work of established poets. Permission of Instructor required.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR1000 Or CWR1050

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 2500: Fiction Writing I

While continuing to explore narrative strategies, students write and submit several short stories during the semester. Students also learn the fundamentals of critiquing as they discuss their work and that of published writers. Permission of Instructor required.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR1050 Or (CWR1000 And CWR1100 )

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3105: Writing and Reading the Region

Using the French location and selected readings related to the region, students explore the contexts and their responses through writing. Students meet at various locations, from castles and ruins to a local café, and receive writing assignments that draw on place and setting. Each week, students select one of their on-the-spot works to revise and develop into a short piece of fiction for submission. Emphasis is on capturing the nuances of one’s surroundings and experiences of these surroundings, and on how to use setting as a main “character“ in writing. Summer (offered in France)

Credits: 4

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3125: Alternate Worlds

This writing workshop draws on a variety of texts, media, and film as students explore fictional portrayals of other worlds. In their writing assignments, students focus on elements that contribute to effective narratives—setting, character, situation, etcetera—in order to create alternate realities.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR2500

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3200: The Art of the Novella

What makes the novella work? What power does the form offer that the short story and longer novel do not? Is there a subject matter best suited to such brevity? Students examine these questions through close reading of works by new and established writers (e.g., James, Conrad, Moore), and begin to structure and write their own novella.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR2500

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3210: Constructing Truths: The Personal Essay

Students are guided through the classical questions of form and style, the building materials of the personal essay, through reading and writing assignments. Students examine the elements that convince the reader of the truth of their tales and explore how to confront their own experiences creatively. Readings are various, but with a focus on the 20th-century essay in English.

Credits: 4

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3215: Editing and Production Workshop: Editing

Focusing on the art of editing, students learn best editing practices through a practical and historical context of the literary journal landscape in the U.S. Students apply their skills to editing content to be published in the creative writing program’s literary magazine, Italics Mine.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR1000 Or CWR1010 Or CWR1100

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3220: Editing and Production Workshop: Production

Through hands-on collaboration, students apply their editing skills to the production of the creative writing program¹s literary journal, Italics Mine. From shaping manuscripts to layout and design, marketing, and public relations, students work as editors on the publication of the journal.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR3215

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3400: Poetry Writing II

This course assumes that students have a good command of basic poetic craft. Writing assignments put increased emphasis on students’ own work, though there are still exercises to guide the workshop, as well as study and discussion of poetry by established writers.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR2400

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3430: The Importance of Tone in Constructing a Poem

How does a poet’s attitude or stance towards her or his subject create tone or voice in a poem? In this workshop, students read and analyze a range of poetry to understand the linguistic and syntactic underpinnings of tone, including its relationship to line break and simile. Poets include Louise Gluck, Marie Howe, Billy Collins, Tony Hoagland, Jane Kenyon, Brenda Hillman, Eamon Grennan, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, and T.S. Eliot.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR2400

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3450: Poets at Work: First Books

Students interact with contemporary poets who have recently published their first poetry book or chapbook. Most classes are structured as a brief reading by and discussion with visiting authors. Topics include each author’s influences, how one assembles a collection, how manuscripts evolve over time, and the editorial/publishing process. Students read each poet’s collection and compose critical and creative responses.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: CWR1000

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 3500: Fiction Writing II

This course assumes a working knowledge of the craft. Students write and discuss short stories or chapters from a novel in progress, and continue to refine their critiquing skills through discussion of their own work as well as published stories. Revision of submitted work is an important component of this course.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR2500

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 4000: Special Topics in Creative Writing

A series of mini-workshops, guest speakers, and activities focused on current trends in the field and on broader topics germane to students in their senior year.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: CWR3400 Or CWR3500 Or CWR3200 Or CWR3200

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 4510: Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing

Taught by a well-published writer-in-residence. Students work intensively on revising and editing their own work and each other’s fiction, as well as on critiquing published stories and novels. The course also familiarizes students with the professional writer’s market and the submission process, in order to encourage each student to prepare at least one story for possible publication.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR3200 Or CWR3500

Department: Creative Writing
CWR 4511: Advanced Seminar in Poetry Writing

Advanced students with practiced skills in poetry writing and criticism work to produce poems of publishable stature. Students should be able to assume full responsibility for their creative process in this course.

Credits: 4

PREREQ: CWR3400

Department: Creative Writing