229 Burrowes Hours
: Tues/Thurs 1:30-3:00 (
or by appt T/Th 12:45-1:30, 3-4)
Here’s the Neapolitan Ice Cream of creative writing: you get heaping servings of strawberry, vanilla, and
chocolate, and access to your own fruit/nut/toppings bar (located in the heart, in memory, in moment to
moment vision of the world) with which to personalize what, after all, is the dessert course of the
university’s writing world. You experiment with flavors of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and thereafter find
the mixtures that you’d want to be served at your party of the century, at your wedding, at your wake.
We’re going to read—all great writers were first omnivorous readers—, we’re going to write and revise,
and we’re going to talk about how to do these things more skillfully and authentically. Make the most of it.
BREVITY: A JOURNAL OF CONCISE LITERARY NONFICTION
SUDDEN FICTION INTERNATIONAL (SHAPARD, THOMAS, EDS.)
POETRY PACKET: WORKING IN TRADITIONAL FORMS & CREATING NEW PATTERNS
Save absences for excusable illness/emergency situations, & email me your
reason for absence. Workshop is a community of critical
creative participation; be willing to ask
interesting, discussable questions about the texts & your peers’ work. Excessive unexcused
absences/routine unreadiness for discussion will lower your final grade [-6 to -???].
I recommend a pocket/purse-sized notebook that can accompany you to our meetings & to the
coffeeshop—but you can use any form of writing medium/implement for writing exercises, assorted notes,
will be mostly informal/voluntary, based on my invitation & your interest in group
feedback. Best to post/email via Angel any work for which you wish a general reading/reaction. No points
are associated with workbooks/workshopping.
8 drafts: 2 Nonfictions (750+ words); 2 Fictions (750+ words), 2 Poems; 2 drafts your choice (N/F/P, or a
mix of genres). 8 revisions (including at least 1 revision in each genre).
Type, date & number each draft
(1-8); on it, write an endnote that candidly enlightens me (& others) of your aims/questions/problems in
writing it. [72 points = 8 drafts@5 points, 8 revisions@ 4 points]
Critical Annotations (750+ words).
The standard here is 1 per genre. The annotation is informal literary
criticism, “workshop talk” on the page (not a formal essay): it should embody critical clarity and candor,
without stressing personal distaste or stating the obvious. Annotations are due by Weeks 4 (N), 8 (F), 12
(P). [18 points = 3@6 points]
You may schedule a conference during office hours any week for informal mentoring on
specific creative/critical challenges. I may request a conference or two with you as well.