English | Introductory Creative Writing
W103 | 1851-1859 | Miller

1851 11:15a-12:05p M (144) 3 cr.

Discussion sections:
1852 9:05a-9:55a WF (18)
1853 9:05a-9:55a WF (18)
1854 10:10a-11:00a WF (18)
1855 10:10a-11:00a WF (18)
1856 11:15a-12:05p WF (18)
1857 11:15a-12:05p WF (18)
1858 12:20p-1:10p WF (18)
1859 12:20p-1:10p WF (18)


This is a general introductory course to creative writing, which
meets three times a week,  in which you will learn about both poetry
and fiction by reading a range of works, and practicing your own
writing.  No prior creative writing experience is required or
expected.    The lecture class, which meets every week on Monday,
will be taught by a  senior instructor from our creative writing
program, who will introduce and discuss the assigned readings, as
well as help you understand the  writing process by looking at how
other writers make choices and determining the effects of those
choices. Most likely you will be assigned either one anthology with
both poetry and fiction, or one text in fiction and one in poetry.
You will also meet with associate instructors twice a week for
discussion sections. You will turn in original writing, as assigned
weekly, in both poetry and fiction to your discussion sections for
peer discussion and instructor evaluation.  Instructor comments are
always evaluative, and you will be expected to revise work along the
way. You will also engage in more in-depth discussions of   the
reading assignments presented and assigned for the Monday lecture
class.  The associate instructors and senior instructor work closely
together, and it is important to understand that attendance is
essential in all three weekly classes.  Your grade will be
determined by two exams (one in poetry and one in fiction), and a
final portfolio of the  creative work (usually something along the
lines of one 10-page story and 6-10 poems) you have written and
revised in your discussion sections.  There may also be one or two
very short critical writing assignments related to the readings.
Attendance and preparation and participation will also be factored
into your final grade.  Many students think Acreative writing@ is
easier than other kinds of writing. This is not the case.  While
many students find creative writing to be pleasurable to do (and I
hope this is the case), the same university-level writing standards
will be applied in this class as in any other writing class.