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ENG 287 Beginner Poetry Workshop

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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    • Profile picture
    Apr 01, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommen this course because of the unique individualistc learning approaches, as well as the captivating reading.

    Course highlights:

    The class helped me develop my individual voice as well as helped me uncover my unique tendencies and how to exploit them to better my creative writing.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Write every day and as often as you can. Keep notse for inspiration wherever you go. I also encourage expolation. There is no better way to find inspiration than going out and doing anything.

    • Fall 2016
    • Sally Ball
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Great Discussions
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    May 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Before I took this course, I believe that my opinion on poetry fell in line with that of many people. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the art form—both in terms of writing and reading—I was convinced that it didn’t take a lot of work to be successful at. I thought that all you needed to do was to be creative and able to hold a pencil. Sally, the professor for this course showed me that not only is poetry difficult and complex, it is much more beautiful than I had originally thought. She equipped me with the tools I needed to understand and appreciate the complexities of an art form that is often undervalued—an art form that has played a huge role in the development of human society.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course was the recitation. This was the actual workshop version of the course. Lead predominately by a TA, this was the portion of the course where we critiqued each other's poems and devoted a large amount of our time to writing itself. In terms of the lectures, this was where we learned about concepts like technique and form. This was very helpful to me, a person who originally thought that all poems had to rhyme or follow meter.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    My number one advice to students entering this course is that you need to treat this course like you would any other. It is just as important and just as critical to your education. In addition, Sally often said—very seriously, mind you—that it was very obvious who among the students did not believe the course to be a priority. Other than that, I would recommend going to as many outside creative writing events as you can. The English department at ASU is tight-knit, passionate, and welcoming. There are too many benefits to being a part of this community to list, but perhaps the most important benefit is having a community to belong to at all. It is all too easy to get lost among the 80,000 students that attend ASU. Finding a place in the English department makes that impossible.

    • Spring 2016
    • Sally Ball
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments

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