Creative Writing (CRWR)

CRWR 101 Creative Writing

The Craft of Creative Writing is designed for students who are new to creative writing or who would like to return to the fundamentals of craft. Through frequent writing assignments, assigned readings and collaborative discussions, students familiarize themselves with a variety of styles and approaches, exploring a range of literary genres including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir and journalistic prose. Students are expected to hone their skills in creative practice, to revise and take risks with their work and to cultivate their habits of close reading and peer workshop.

Activity: Online Course

1 Course Unit

CRWR 160 Modern and Contemporary US Poetry

In this fast-paced introductory course, students read and discuss a wide range of modern and contemporary American poets, beginning with Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and ending with 21st-century avant-garde poets like Tracie MorrisQuestions central to this course include "How does experimental poetry help us understand the transition between modernism and postmodernism?" and "What is the relationship between experimental poetry and experimental teaching?" The poems and poets we study challenge students to read critically and think differently about what a poem is, about what art can be and about what poetry can teach us about reading, writing and learning. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge of poetry or poetics. The course operates primarily as a discussion. Rather than attending lectures, students participate in web-based discussions of the poems, accessible in text, audio and video formats. Requirements include active participation in the online discussion forums, in addition to five short papers, quizzes, creative exercises and a comprehensive final examination.

Activity: Online Course

1 Course Unit

CRWR 300 Writing About Place

This multi-genre, collaborative workshop is devoted to writing of and about place both literallywriting about the city or the landscape, for exampleand and figurativelywriting that engages thematically and formally with location, with displacement and with the writing process itself as a form of mapping and belonging.

Activity: Online Course

1 Course Unit