Creative Writing Courses: Spring 2019


Special Topics: The Dark Door Opens | CRWR 491

Course Photo for Special Topics: The Dark Door Opens Instructor: Debra Earling
Credits: 3

Delivery Method: Face to Face
Days and times: W 12:00-2:50

Course Description: In this course, we will catch the monster by its wiggling tail and hold it up to light. We will tell and write and conjure eerie stories on the page or on the screen or in other mediums. We will investigate uncanny scenes that fuel uneasiness and fear. We will look at the components of chilling tales and disturbing stories, and explore scene by scene the unfamiliar in order to summon fear. We will treat the experience of the unfamiliar as a resource for creativity. But how do we conjure fear AND make our readers/watchers open the dreaded door? You don’t have to believe in monsters but you have to be willing to make others believe.

Punching the Clock: An Exploration of Fiction of the Workplace | CRWR 595

Course Photo for Punching the Clock: An Exploration of Fiction of the Workplace Instructor: Callan Wink
Credits: 3

Delivery Method: Face to Face
Days and times: R 6:00-9:20

Course Description: From the boardroom to the restroom and most imaginable points in between, compelling narrative is bound to occur when characters have jobs. This course will be a workshop focused on reading and creating prose that concerns itself with work, in its many manifestations. Novels such as Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris, Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, and Last Night at the Lobster, by Stewart O'Nan will be considered, alongside short story anthologies including, Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar:Stories of Work and Labor Days: an Anthology of Fiction About Work.

Nonfiction Techniques: The Long and Short of Lyric Essay | CRWR 513

Course Photo for Nonfiction Techniques: The Long and Short of Lyric Essay Instructor: Judy Blunt
Credits: 3

Delivery Method: Face to Face
Days and times: R 3:30-6:20

Course Description: A study of various approaches to lyric essay, a hybrid form that combines the formal aspects of poetry and prose. We will study short forms of lyric essay with the goal of submitting a lyric essay per week for review by the class. In addition to short works, we will read book length examples, such as Flynn's Another Bullshit Week in Suck City, Mensch's Because and Yuknavitch's The Chronology of Water.

Intermediate Fiction Workshop | CRWR 301.02

Course Photo for Intermediate Fiction Workshop Instructor: Robert Stubblefield
Credits: 3

Delivery Method: Face-to-face
Days and times: TR 3:30-4:50pm

Course Description: 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.

Graduate Fiction Workshop | CRWR 510

Course Photo for Graduate Fiction Workshop Instructor: Deirdre McNamer
Credits: 3

Delivery Method: Face to Face

Course Description: This is a fiction-writing workshop for MFA students in which we will focus primarily on student work. 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.