Schedule – ENG 227 – Introduction to Creative Writing

Ryan Edel

Ph.D. Student – English Studies

Meeting Times

Tuesday/Thursday

3:35-4:50

STV 250-B

Course Schedule

Course Policies

Office Hours

Tuesdays

1:30-3:30

STV 414-B

Contact Ryan

Important Policy Documents

Workshop Deadlines

Workshop #1 (A, B, and C) – Due Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

Tuesday Workshops are Due Saturday before at 5pm.

Thursday Workshops are Due Monday before at 5pm.

List of Required Texts

(Complete List with ISBN Numbers)

Alfred Corn – The Poem’s Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody

Czeslaw Milosz – A Book of Luminous Things

Jane Smiley (editor) – Writers on Writing, Vol. II: More Collected Essays from the New York Times

Daniel Halpern (editor) – The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories

Vivian Gornick – The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

Week

Date

Notes and Assignments

Readings

In-Class Activities

Week 1

14-Jan

Introduction to the Course

  1. Overview of the Course
  2. Attendance, Readings, Quizzes
  3. Workshops

Syllabus

16-Jan

Key Terms for Writers

  1. Alfred Corn – The Poem’s Heartbeat (Preface and the first page of each chapter.)
  2. Symbol: Evanescence - “Lithium
  3. Characterization: Carrie Underwood - “Before He Cheats
  4. Tension: Plain White T’s - “Hey There Delilah
  5. Competing Voices: Gotye - “Somebody That I Used to Know
  6. Setting and Specificity of Detail: Joni Mitchell - “Big Yellow Taxi
  7. Story and Narrative: Counting Crows - ”Big Yellow Taxi

Discussion Topics:

- Meter/Rhythm

- Plot/Narrative

- Voice/Point of View

- Setting/Details

- Symbol/ Metaphor

Week 2

21-Jan

Rhythm, Meter

Alfred Corn – The Poem’s Heartbeat (Intro, Ch. 1-3)

Pre-Class Activity: Choose a Poem and Examine the Lines

ReggieNet

23-Jan

Freewriting Strategies

Schedule Meeting #1

Andrew Greeley – “They Leap…” (Smiley)

William Kennedy – “Hometown Boy Makes Waves” (Smiley)

Margaret Atwood – “A Path Taken, with All the Certainty of Youth” (Smiley)

Diane Ackerman – “Poems Foster Self-Discovery” (Smiley)

Allegra Goodman – “Calming the Inner Critic and Getting to Work” (Smiley)

Kathryn Harrison – “When Inspiration Stared Stoically from an Old Photograph” (Smiley)

Freewriting Activity

Week 3

28-Jan

Poetic Structures

Poem Activity: 10-20 Lines in Iambic Pentameter

Corn, Ch. 4-7 – REPLACED WITH Ch. 1-2 Review

Emily Dickinson – “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” (Milosz)

Julia Hartwig – “Above Us” (Milosz)

Shu Ting – “Perhaps” (Milosz)

W. S. Merwin – “For the Anniversary of My Death” (Milosz)

Google Docs

30-Jan

CHAT

Ryan Edel – “Reading Twilight” (manuscript)

Brad Leithauser – “The Glory of a First Book” (Smiley)

Beth Kephart – “As Her Son Creates…” (Smiley)

Alan Cheuse – “Yes, There Are Second Acts…” (Smiley)

Ann Beattie – “Essentials Get Lost in the Shuffle of Publicity” (Smiley)

Michael Holroyd – “A Career Despite Dad’s Advice” (Smiley)

Case Study – Taryn Southern’s YouTube Gamble

Week 4

4-Feb

Tension: What’s at stake?

Raymond Carver – “Are These Actual Miles?” (Halpern)

Patricia Duncker – “Betrayal” (Halpern)

Denise Levertov – “Living” (Milosz)

Joseph Brodsky – “Odysseus to Telemachus” (Milosz)

Raymond Carver – “The Window” (Milosz)

Raymond Carver – “Wine” (Milosz)

Denise Levertov – “Eye Mask” (Milosz)

Apply CHAT

6-Feb

Workshop #1A

How to Provide Workshop Feedback

Week5

11-Feb

Workshop #1B

13-Feb

Character

Activity: Research Strategies

Activity: Social Media Posting

Choose One Story:

Hanif Kureishi – “Intimacy” (Halpern)

Salman Rushdie – “The Free Radio” (Halpern)

Patrick Chamoiseau – “The Old Man Slave and the Mastiff” (Halpern)

Choose Two Poems:

Walt Whitman – “The Runner” (Milosz)

Wang Wei – “Song of Marching with the Army” (Milosz)

Jaan Kaplinski – “We started home, my son and I” (Milosz)

Eamon Grennan – “Woman at Lit Window” (Milosz)

“Good” and “Evil”

Week 6

18-Feb

Specificity of Detail: Showing versus Telling

Allie Brosh – ”Hyperbole and a Half: Spiders Are Scary

Wallace Stevens – “Study of Two Pears” (Milosz)

Related:

Laura Kasischke – “Reconsidering Wallace Stevens” (Poetry.org)

Andrew Brown – ”How to Be a Metaphysical Hitchhiker

Reading/Freewriting Activity

20-Feb

Workshop #1C

Schedule Meeting #2

Assignment: Workshopping Mini-Folios https://docs.google.com/document/d/18_fBQvLloJsK_xgxDo_bWZWaqAeUNKq1ty-epGG0zdc/edit?usp=sharing

Upload your workshop pieces to Google Docs: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8FeI9sVi8LKcGpabkNPbEg5Ylk&usp=sharing

Death to Adjectives!

Activity: Essay Structure Strategies

Week 7

25-Feb

Voice

Style

Read Both:

Vivian Gornick – “A Narrator Leaps Past Journalism” (Smiley)

Elmore Leonard – “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle” (Smiley)

Pick 3:

Junot Diaz – “Ysrael” (Halpern)

Richard Ford – “Optimists” (Halpern)

Margaret Atwood – “Wilderness Tips” (Halpern)

Lydia Davis – “The House Behind” (Halpern)

Vikram Chandra – “Dharma” (Halpern)

Quiz on Narrative

Narrative Terms Handout

27-Feb

Setting and Blocking

W. S. Merwin – “Dusk in Winter” (Milosz)

Robinson Jeffers – “Carmel Point” (Milosz)

Muso Soseki – “Magnificent Peak” (Milosz)

Elizabeth Bishop – “Brazil, January 1, 1502” (Milosz)

Wang Wei – “Dancing Woman, Cockfighter Husband, and the Impoverished Sage” (Milosz)

Setting and Blocking Handout

Setting and Blocking Quiz

Workshop #2 Feedback Guidelines

Week 8

4-Mar

Workshop #2A

Workshop Sign-Ups

Tuesday Workshop Pieces Due Saturday, 1-March

Creative Writing Club – Hailey

6-Mar

Workshop #2B

Thursday Workshop Pieces Due Sunday, 2-March

(Pro Tip: Don’t miss workshop before Spring Break.)

Workshop 4 and the Final Project

Week 9

11-Mar

Spring Break

Take a break from your studies to write.

13-Mar

Spring Break

Week 10

18-Mar

Life Writing

Vivian Gornick – The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

Quiz on Situation and Story

20-Mar

Simile, Metaphor, Metonymy, and Symbolism

Wang Wei – “A White Turtle under a Waterfall” (Milosz)

William Carlos Williams – “Proletarian Portrait” (Milosz)

Philip Larkin – “The Card Players” (Milosz)

May Swenson – “Question” (Milosz)

Choosing Workshop #3 Groups

Activity: Poems as Narrative Situation

Week 11

25-Mar

The Novel

Chitra Divakaruni – “New Insights into the Novel?  Try Reading Three Hundred” (Smiley)

27-Mar

Social Media

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars (Kindle Edition)

Cancelled Material: Find an example of an “effective” social media site, preferably one you’re interested in.

What makes a “good” social media campaign?  (Apply CHAT)

Workshop #3 Writing Research Discussion

Quiz – The Fault in Our Stars

Week 12

1-Apr

Workshop #3A

Schedule Meeting Times

Scheduling Workshop #4

Applying Gornick to Green

3-Apr

Workshop #3A

Writing Research Considerations

Week 13

8-Apr

Workshop #3B

Cancelled: Satire Versus Parody

Cancelled Material:

  1. Context: Wikipedia - “Fair Use Under U.S. Law
  2. Wikipedia - “Fair Use and Parody
  3. Parody via “Emulation”: O’Reilly Factor - “Stephen Colbert Interview
  4. Satire: Stephen Colbert - “Little Victories: America’s Galaxy is Big
  5. Parody or Satire?  Team Teddy - “Star Wars That I Used to Know
  6. Satire or Glorification?  Ke$ha: “TiK ToK
  7. Team Teddy: “Tik Tok Music Video Spoof!”

Workshop #4 and the Final Project

10-Apr

Workshop #4A

2 people

Due 6-Apr

Final Project FAQ’s

Workshop 4 and Final Project Guidelines

Week 14

15-Apr

Workshop #4B

3 people

Due 11-Apr

17-Apr

Workshop #4C

2 people

Due 13-Apr

Week 15

22-Apr

Workshop #4D

3 people

Due 18-Apr

24-Apr

Workshop #4E

2 people

Due 20-Apr

Week 16

29-Apr

Workshop #4F

3 people

Due 25-Apr

1-May

Last Day of Class

Final Portfolio Due – 5pm Friday, 2-May