Creative Writing - CRWR: Fall 2018
Montana Writers Live explores the diversity of regional literature with an eye to its place in the larger literary traditions. Students will both read and hear works read aloud by some of Montana’s leading authors, and will study both the craft and the content of their writings. Class meetings will open with discussion – a review of assigned readings and the critical, social, historical and/or political issues explored by the guest writer’s work. Following a live reading, the writer will discuss his or her works with the class and answer questions. Students will prepare questions for the writers developed from a packet of readings and criticism. Grades are determined by attendance/participation, midterm, reflective essay assignments, and final examination.
The midterm and the final exam will require both short answer and longer essay responses to assigned readings, live readings, and class lectures. As in discussions, for exams the students will be asked to analyze the writers’ works in ways that address the larger issues of regionalism: What role does western literature in general, and Montana literature in particular, play in the field of modern American works? What role might genre fiction take in portraying the cultural or social issues of a city, a state, a region? How is this an important role? What literary elements make a work “regional” and what elements might be considered “universal?” Following the presentations, students will have an opportunity to question working writers/published authors about their careers and the elements of their craft. Included in the roster will be writers who produce poetry, novels, short stories, essays, plays, and screenplays.
CRN 70942 | Tuesdays 6:00PM - 8:50PM
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.
- 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
Section 01 | CRN 70708 | TR 9:30AM - 10:50AM | Catalina Baker
Section 02 | CRN 70921 | TR 12:30PM - 1:50PM | Dwight Curtis
Honors Section 80 | CRN 74506 | TR 2:00PM - 3:20PM | Erin Saldin
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.
- 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
Section 01 | CRN 70709 | MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM | Thomas D'Addario
Section 02 | CRN 70871 | TR 2:00PM - 3:20PM | Molly Gray
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 personal essays, advancing to longer forms as the semester progresses.
- 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
Section 01 | CRN 73979 | TR 11:00AM - 12:20PM | Miranda Morgan
CRWR 310 is an intermediate fiction writing class. We will focus on the craft of fiction writing and the components required for a successful short story. We will read, discuss, and respond to a variety of published stories and craft-based essays, but the primary emphasis throughout the semester will be analysis and discussion of student work. You will be expected to complete three substantial works of fiction 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.
CRN 72148 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00AM - 12:20PM
This class is designed for students who have experience writing short stories and wish to improve their abilities. By reading published short stories and essays about the craft of fiction, students will deepen their understanding of the principles useful to consider when creating stories of their own. Each student will be responsible for writing three substantial short stories, and for providing thoughtful feedback to their peers.
CRN 74549 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30PM - 1:50PM
CRWR 311- This creative writing course is an intermediate workshop involving critical analysis of students’ work-in-progress. It will also be a lively and active forum to discuss prosody, and explore the experience of close reading individual poems by well-known poets. We will use Mark Strand’s The Making of A Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms as our foundational book for our workshop. From this textbook and from various directed writing assignments we will conduct writing experiments and utilize exercises focused on technical considerations like diction, rhythm, rhyme, and imagery as well as many other considerations that reflect our contemporary poetry culture.
CRN 74505 | Wednesdays 3:00PM - 6:00PM
CRN 73214 | Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00PM - 3:20PM
- English Course
- Expressive Arts Course (A)
CRN 72800 | Thursday 3:30PM - 6:20PM
Screenwriting is a very specific form of creative writing. Visual in approach, dramatic in nature, and only one element in a much larger artistic process, a well-crafted screenplay conveys narrative and thematic meaning through action, character, structure, and dialogue. Students of all forms of creative writing – fiction, nonfiction, and poetry – may find the new approach both challenging and illuminating.
This course will explore the creative writing process through the principles, practices, and techniques of screenwriting. You will analyze professional examples, complete screenwriting exercises, and apply this knowledge to short narrative screenplays (from initial concept through workshopped final draft).
You will learn to write specifically for the screen, which means using imagery and behavior rather than internal emotional and psychological description. You will learn how to shape abstract ideas into concrete stories, scenes, and characters. And you will learn how to find material that is inherently dramatic and develop it into cinematically compelling and thematically rich stories for the screen.
CRN 75027 | Wednesdays 6:00PM - 8:50PM | UG|G
CRN 72402 | Mondays 6:00PM - 8:50PM
CRN 70586 | Mondays 6:00PM - 8:50PM
“[T]heory can do more the closer it gets to the skin.” -- Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life
“autobiographical writing that exceeds the boundaries of the “personal.”
Borrowing and inspired from an ACLA conference proposal titled The Rise of Autotheory, Inside and Outside the Academy, we will be creating our own semester-long exploration into themes connecting our writing to autotheory and aesthetics. We will be exploring writers, performance artists, visual and digital artists, and poets who develop work across the U.S. and internationally who are engaged in the emerging genre of autotheory or who have historically contributed to its defining features, which builds its ideas of how we think about subjectivity and the relationship between the personal and the political. This also happens when we regard lyric and narrative poems and pronoun use. Throughout the semester we will engage in discussions about the writing and performative self in creative writing: a rich field where we can track our art-making practices and their modalities. We will also be reading writers who engage the politics of self-making with art & creative writing such as reading Ahmed, Butler, Easthope, Marx, Ngai, and others. We will examine the idea of autonomy, the way self and other are constructed in prose and poetry, and a variety of writing styles that lend themselves to collaborative reading and writing practices. Ultimately, we will be locating autotheory and autonomy in relation to other genres and modes: poetry, the novel, autofiction, memoir, film, visual art, performance, and the essay. Poets, writers, scholars, and artists we will cover include Ann Boyer, Samuel R. Delany, Audre Lorde, Teresa Mailhot, Fred Moten, Maggie Nelson, Paul Preciado, Danzy Senna, Juliana Spahr and Timothy Yu.
CRN 74940 | Tuesdays 3:30PM - 6:20PM