English | Advanced Poetry Writing
W403 | 9332 | Richard Cecil

Richard Cecil

PREREQUISITE:  W303 or permission of the instructor.

2:30p-3:45p MW (15 students) 3 cr.

This course is a workshop in writing poetry.  Students will turn in
a poem a week, which will be discussed in class.  The poems will be
formal exercises drawn from Wendy Bishop's Thirteen Ways of Looking
for a Poem.

Students will learn to work with accentual and syllabic meters, as
well as to create contemporary versions of ancient forms such as
sonnets and sestinas.  No tests.  No auditors.  Students will
distribute copies of their work to all members of the class.

Approval of the instructor is required for admission. To apply,
submit 5 pages of poetry and list of creative writing courses
(including the name of their instructors) by attachment to my email
address:  cecilr@indiana.edu at least one week before your
registration day.  To improve your chances of getting a place in the
workshop, submit your manuscript as soon as possible, since places
will be filled as people apply.  Those who register late should
apply at the beginning of the registration period so that, if
admitted, a place will be reserved for them in the class.  No places
will be saved for late registration.  I will post a list of those
admitted on my office door (BH 458), and give a copy of the list to
the Undergraduate Secretary in BH 442.  As soon as you are admitted,
pick up an authorization to register from the secretary.

Course Text: Wendy Bishop, Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem.