Prof. Doug Green
Introduction to Creative Writing
TR 1:30-3:00 (We start promptly, so please be on time!)
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This class provides an opportunity for students to experiment with and practice several kinds of creative writing, including
journals, poems, stories, creative nonfiction, etc., in a respectful, interactive environment.
You’ll learn about the writing
process—how to get started, how to keep going, how to revise and polish.
You’ll gain experience in giving and receiving
feedback on your work.
You’ll learn about writing through classroom experiences, through attendance at local readings,
and through reading poems, stories, and writers on writing.
Each of you will also locate, study, and explore the work of
one contemporary fiction writer in the "Mentor Project," which involves library research.
And you’ll practice the
expository skills you’ve developed in ENL 111 (or its equivalent) in the reports you write on public readings and literary
Required Books (all available at the Augsburg Bookstore):
Furman, Laura, ed.
The O. Henry Stories 2007: The Best Stories of the Year
NY: Anchor, 2007.
Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular
NY: Mariner/Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
NY: Anchor, 1994.
The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms
Public Reading and Craft Talk.
Week of 3 March 2008.
Class time is a studio:
for writing, discussion, guest speakers, etc.
Class attendance and participation are crucial not only
to passing this class with a satisfactory grade (P or 2.0+).
You work on your writing and reading outside of class:
journal writing (private), reading and writing assignments,
postings and peer responses on Moodle, attending local public readings, and exploring online literary sites beyond
those on this syllabus.
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