Creative Writing Courses

All Creative Writing courses require an application. You may only apply to one course per semester. Spring 2016 course applications will be accepted once courses are posted on the registrar’s website on November 12th, 2015.

Literary Translation

CWR 206 · Spring 2016

C01 · Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:50 am

Instructors: Jhumpa Lahiri

Practice in the translation of literary works from another language into English supplemented by the reading and analysis of standard works.

How to Write a Song

CWR 211 / MUS 211 · Spring 2016

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Paul Muldoon

An introduction to the art of writing words for music, an art at the core of almost every literary tradition from Homer through Beowulf to W.B Yeats and beyond.

Graphic Design

VIS 214 / ARC 214 / CWR 214 · Spring 2016

U01 - Alice Chung · Fridays 10:00 am - 12:20 pm and 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Alice Chung

This studio course will introduce students to the essential aspects and skills of graphic design, and will analyze and discuss the increasingly vital role that non-verbal, graphic information plays in all areas of professional life, from fine art and book design to social networking and the Internet.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Spring 2016

U01 - David Reinfurt · Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies and through their engagement in studio design projects.

Creative Nonfiction

JRN 240 / CWR 240 · Spring 2016

S01 · Mondays, 1:30 to 4:20 pm

Instructors: John McPhee

This is a course in factual writing and what has become known as literary nonfiction, emphasizing writing assignments and including several reading assignments from the work of John McPhee and others.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 302 · Spring 2016

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Marie Howe · Paul Muldoon

Advanced practice in the original composition of poetry for discussion in regularly scheduled workshop meetings.

Advanced Literary Translation

CWR 306 / COM 356 · Spring 2016

C01 · Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:50 am

Instructors: Jhumpa Lahiri

Practice in the translation of literary works from another language into English supplemented by the reading and analysis of standard works.

Life is Short, Art is Really Short

CWR 315 · Spring 2016

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: James Richardson

All literature is short — compared to our lives, anyway — but we'll be concentrating on poetry and prose at their very shortest. The reading will include proverbs, aphorisms, greguerias, one-line poems, riddles, jokes, fragments, haiku, epigrams and microlyrics.

Special Topics in Creative Writing: Writing Autobiography

CWR 345 · Spring 2016

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Edmund White

Students will explore their own lives through various devices and discover that the truth is never elemental but can be released through literary strategies. During the semester each student will write either one long autobiographical piece or three shorter ones.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2016

C01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:50 pm

Instructors: Steven Katz

This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the post 1990’s “golden age of television” and outline the differences between writing for film and a scripted TV series.