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COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 390
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Creative Writing
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Lacroix
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an introduction to the writing of short stories poetry, creative non-fiction, screenplays, and/or playscripts, depending on instructor expertise. We will read and discuss literary models, but the emphasis will be on students producing their own work. Through a supported workshop environment, students will explore and experience the writer's task, role, and creative process, culminating in a portfolio. No previous creative writing experience is required.
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver 
  • Rules for the Dance by Mary Oliver
  • Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry by Jane Hirshfield
  • Poetry: Tools and Techniques by John C. Goodman
  • A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry by Robert Hass
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Presentation 25%
Workshop participation 25%
Public reading 5%
Final Portfolio 40%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • 1. To create a portfolio of peer critiqued and revised poems. 
  • 2. To gain a brief overview of the subgenres of poetry through intensive and extensive reading.
LECTURE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction
  • Sound in poetry
  • Experimental poetry
  • Form
  • Thing Poetry
  • Imagery
  • Guest - Kelly Shepherd
  • Presentations
  • Lyric & Narrative
  • Elegy
  • Spoken Word
  • Poetry in Translation/Rehearsal


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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