Creative Writing - CRWR: Spring 2018

Spring 2018

(formerly ENCR)

The courses listed on this page are for the Spring 2018 semester only. 

For a complete list of courses offered for the Bachelor of Arts - English; Creative Writing Option, please refer to the Course Catalog.

Search Spring 2018 offered creative writing courses

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CRWR 210.01 | Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction

Offered every term.  An introductory writing workshop focused on the reading, discussion, and revision of students' short fiction. Students will also be introduced to models of fiction techniques. No prior experience in writing short fiction required.

Learning outcomes:

  • Acquire foundational skills in reading, discussing and writing short fiction
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology and concepts that apply to fiction
  • Practice the art of writing and revising short fiction
  • Learn to critique the quality of one’s own work and that of fellow students

CRWR 211.01 | Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry

Offered every term.  An introductory writing workshop focused on the reading, discussion, and revision of students' poems. Students also will be introduced to models of poetic techniques. No prior experience in writing poetry required.

Learning outcomes:

  • Acquire foundational skills in reading, discussing and writing poetry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology and concepts that apply to poetry
  • Practice the art of writing and revising poetry
  • Learn to critique the quality of one’s own work and that of fellow students

CRWR 212.01 | Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction

Offered every semester. Study of the art of nonfiction through reading and responding to contemporary nonfiction and the writing of original nonfiction works. Focus is on creative expression, writing technique and nonfiction forms.  Students begin with writing exercises and brief essays, advancing to longer forms as the semester progresses.

Learning outcomes:

  • Acquire foundational skills in reading, discussing and writing essays
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology and concepts that apply to creative nonfiction
  • Practice the art of writing and revising nonfiction works
  • Learn to critique the quality of their one’s work and that of fellow students

CRWR 234.01 | The Oval: Literary Magazine | Robert Stubblefield

The Oval LogoThis course is open to undergraduates who have completed at least one course in Creative Writing (CRWR). The class will be conducted in a studio format. We will focus on the editing, design, layout, and marketing of The Oval, The University of Montana undergraduate literary magazine. The opening portion of the class will focus on researching a sampling of literary journals from across the region and nation. We will also read, discuss, and develop responses to works published in well-established, wide-circulation literary magazines. We will individually and collectively develop criteria for content and design and each student will be expected to document and defend their aesthetic for chosen criteria. The class will include the evaluation and selection of prose, poetry, and visual art submissions to The Oval. Students will have both independent and collaborative responsibilities within and outside of class. The latter portion of the semester will include producing The Oval on deadline, scheduling launch events, and working cooperatively with sponsors and partners including The Mansfield Library, ASUM, and University of Montana Printing and Graphics.

Monday 6:00 pm - 8:50 pm

CRN 37136

CRWR 310.01 | Intermediate Fiction Workshop | Robert Stubblefield

Tuesday & Thursday 12:30PM - 1:50PM

CRN 35743

CRWR 311.01 | Intermediate Poetry Workshop | Prageeta Sharma

CRWR 311 is an intermediate workshop devoted to critical analysis and revision of poems.  We will discuss student work in light of practical issues (craft), and in light of central concerns in poetics, with particular emphasis on the relationship between description and voice.  Some memorization may be required.

Tuesday  3:30PM - 6:20PM

CRN 35877

CRWR 312A.01 | Intermediate Nonfiction Workshop | Robert Stubblefield

CRWR 312 is an intermediate nonfiction writing class. We will focus on the craft of nonfiction writing and the components required for a successful essay. We will read, discuss, and respond to a variety of published and anthologized essays, but the primary emphasis throughout the semester will be analysis and discussion of student work. You will be expected to complete two substantial new works of nonfiction during the semester in addition to workshop responses and exercises. You will be responsible for carefully reading the work of your peers and responding both in classroom discussion (workshop) and with typed comments.

Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

CRN 36840

Course Attributes:
  • English Course
  • Expressive Arts Course (A)

CRWR 410.01 | Advanced Fiction | Kevin Canty

The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa

Thursday 3:30PM - 6:20PM

CRN 34777

CRWR 412.01 | Advanced Creative Writing Nonfiction | Judy Blunt

Tuesday & Thursday 2:00PM - 3:20PM

CRN 34834

CRWR 491.01 | Women from the Sticks | Deirdre McNamer

Women from the Sticks: Reading Eudora Welty, Louise Erdrich and Alice Munro.

This course is open to graduate and undergraduate students with consent of instructor. MFA students in fiction have priority.

Three of the most innovative and acclaimed fiction writers in North America grew up in places far removed from urban centers of influence and culture. Welty spent most of her life in Jackson, Mississippi (pop. 25,000 during the years she was a child). Erdrich’s parents were schoolteachers in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Munro’s father operated a mink farm outside tiny Wingham, Ontario. Each writer went on to create multiple narratives centered on small communities in particular, essentially rural, geographies. All of them broke with some of the core conventions of 20th-century American storytelling. The way they chose to tell their stories became as important as the stories themselves.

In this class, we will function as writers/investigators who ask these kinds of questions: Is there a relationship between rural sensibilities and fictional form? Do narratives focused on close-knit communities employ a distinctive sense of time? Does gender seem pertinent to their styles and concerns? Do other conditions (being a Southerner? a Native American? a Canadian?)

Do these writers produce their fictional “subjects” via a unique degree of attention to the framing space around them?

Face or Vace

 (Do you see the faces, or the vase?)

We will look very closely at the work of these writers and several others. You will write responses to the readings; do imitations; pose an interesting question and attempt to answer it in a long paper; converse with an in-class visitor or two or three. 

Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:50 pm

CRN 38873

CRWR 510.01 | Graduate Fiction Workshop | Deirdre McNamer

This is a fiction-writing workshop for MFA students in which we will focus primarily on student work. From time to time, we will discuss pertinent essays about the craft and engage in close readings of fiction from the larger world.

Participants will bring to class three pieces of fiction, stories and/or relatively self-contained excerpts from longer work, during the course of the semester. One will be a revision. Three works will be discussed at each class. Students will write two-page critiques of each workshopped piece. Topics for additional discussion will be generated by everyone in the class, and will likely include issues of craft, authorial intent, narrative options, and energy-enhancing examples from the best writers out there.

Thursday 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm

CRN 36839

CRWR 510.02 | Graduate Fiction Workshop | David Gates

Wednesday 6:00PM - 8:50PM

CRN 36838

CRWR 511.01 | Graduate Poetry Workshop | Melissa Kwasney

Wednesday 6:00PM - 8:50PM

CRN 36837

CRWR 512.01 | Graduate Nonfiction Workshop | David Gates

Monday 6:00PM - 8:50PM

CRN 34990

CRWR 514.01 | Techniques of Modern Fiction | Kevin Canty

  • Flannery O’Connor, Wise BloodWise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Peter Taylor, A Summons to Memphis 
  • Barry Hannah, Airships
  • Larry Brown, Big Bad Love
  • Mary Miller, Aways Happy Hour
  • Josephine Humphries, Rich In Love
  • Harry Crews, A Childhood


  • James Welch, Winter in the BloodAll the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Judy Blunt, Breaking Clean
  • Annie Proulx, Close Range
  • Thomas McGuane, Gallatin Canyon
  • Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
  • Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Charles Portis, True Grit

Tuesday 3:30PM - 6:20PM

CRN 38317

CRWR 515.01 | Traditional Prosody | Prageeta Sharma

Thursday 3:30PM - 6:20PM

CRN 38324

CRWR 595.01 | Food Writing—Savoring the Story | Judy Blunt

Pies in CarFood Writing requires a passion for food and the ability to summon its wonders in words. Students will study the full spectrum of food writing—reviews, memoir, essay, articles, books—as well as researching, writing, workshopping and marketing their own work.  Some off-campus meetings and assignments required.   

Thursday 6:30PM - 9:20PM

CRN 38874