English | Theory & Craft of Writing
W680 | 26987 | Stanton

W680  26987  STANTON
Theory & Craft of Writing

1:00p – 2:15p TR



This is a course that is meant to inspire the imagination of poets
and fiction writers.  We’ll look at a few centuries old tales and
myths, then read some contemporary poetry and fiction that is fresh
and strange and unusual.  The goal is to get you to try new
approaches in your own work.  You may write in any genre or form
that you wish—poetry, prose poetry, short fiction, or the novel.
There will be a few short exercises along the way to get you sailing
across the ocean of story.  You are expected to develop a final
project that will be presented to the class towards the end of the
semester.  The final project might be a series of prose poems, the
opening of a novel with an outline, a set of mini stories, or a long
poem in blank verse.


Homeric Hymns ed. Nicholas Richardson, tr. Jules Cashford
The Arabian Nights (Norton Critical Editions tr. Husain Haddawy)
Poems New and Collected by Wistawa Szymborska
Selected Poems, Francis Ponge
Keep This Forever, Mark Halliday
Voices from the Plains, Gianni Celati (out of print so please buy a
used copy through

The Garden of Departed Cats, Bilge Karasu
Visit Me in California, Cooley Windsor
The Palm-Wine Drinkard, Amos Tutuola
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Mark Haddon