Creative Writing Courses

Courses

With the virtual continuation of creative writing workshops for spring 2020, there are new guidelines available for students here.

All Creative Writing courses require an application. You may only apply to one course per semester. The application for fall 2020 courses will open March 23 with a deadline of April 6 at 12 midnight. Late applications will not be accepted.

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2020

C01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Boris Fishman · Ruth Ochs · Shariffa Ali · Stacy Wolf · Olivier Tarpaga · Tess James

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Introductory Fiction

CWR 203 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Aleksandar Hemon · Daphne Kalotay · A.M. Homes · Idra Novey · Joyce Carol Oates · Jhumpa Lahiri

The curriculum allows the student to develop writing skills, provides an introduction to the possibilities of contemporary literature and offers a perspective on the place of literature among the liberal arts. Criticism by practicing writers and talented peers encourages the student's growth as both creator and reader of literature.

Literary Translation

CWR 205 / TRA 204 · Fall 2020

C01 - Larissa Kyzer · Mondays, 2:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama, with the goal of arriving at a 20-25 page sample of the author's work. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format. Weekly readings and will focus on the comparison of pre-existing translations as well as commentaries on the art and pratice of literary translation.

Yaas Queen: Gay Men, Straight Women, and the Literature, Art and Film of Hagdom

CWR 207 / THR 207 / GSS 220 · Fall 2020

S01 — Hilton Als · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Modern queer writers have long written about the rich and complicated relationship straight cis women have had with queer men. And yet, outside of queer literary circles, little attention has been paid to how these relationships challenge or replicate traditional family structures, and form a community outside of the status quo. We will examine the stories male writers constructed and analyze women writers who held a mirror up to those straight and queer men who were drawn to lesbian culture. By examining photography and painting, we will further look at the artist's relationship to and identification with queerness, or straight female power.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2020

U01 - David Reinfurt · Mondays, 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.

Writing and Performance

CWR 218 · Fall 2020

C01 — Danez Smith · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Danez Smith

In this course we will write and interrogate poetry across many avenues. From written work to spoken word to Instagram, traditional lineated verse to poems that see the blank page as more canvas than paper, we ask ourselves how this ancient holder for prayer, confession, and our wild strangeness performs across different manifestations of text and body.

Creative Non-fiction

JRN 240 / CWR 240 · Fall 2020

S01 — Helen Thorpe · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Vast differences in power, income, and social status divide our society, and these differences are explored deeply in literary non-fiction. In this course students will read masterpieces of non-fiction writing about social inequality and will examine to what extent it is possible for authors to know the struggles of their subjects, and to create empathy for them.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 301 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Michael Dickman · Susan Wheeler

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

Advanced Fiction

CWR 303 · Fall 2020

C01 - Daphne Kalotay · Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 PM

Instructors: Daphne Kalotay · Paul Muldoon

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

Advanced Literary Translation

CWR 305 / TRA 305 / COM 355 · Fall 2020

C01 - Larissa Kyzer · Mondays, 2:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama, with the goal of arriving at a 20-25 page sample of the author's work. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format. Weekly readings and will focus on the comparison of pre-existing translations as well as commentaries on the art and practice of literary translation.

Special Topics in Poetry: Race, Identity and Innovation

CWR 316 / ASA 316 / AAS 336 / LAO 316 · Fall 2020

C01 - Monica Youn · Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:50 AM

Instructors: Monica Youn

This course explores works in which poets of color have treated racial identity as a means to destabilize literary ideals of beauty, mastery and the autonomy of the poetic text while at the same time engaging in groundbreaking poetic practices that subvert externally or internally constructed conceptions of identity or authenticity.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing the Short Film

CWR 348 / VIS 348 · Fall 2020

C01 - Aleksandar Hemon · Mondays, 1:30 - 3:50 PM

Instructors: Aleksandar Hemon

This course will introduce students to core screenwriting principles and techniques. Questions of thematic cohesiveness, plot construction, logical cause and effect, character behavior, dialogue, genre consistency and pace will be explored as students gain confidence in the form by completing a number of short screenplays.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2020

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Styron

This advanced screenwriting workshop will introduce students to the fundamental elements of developing and writing a TV series in the current “golden age of television.” Students will watch television pilots, read pilot episodes, and engage in in-depth discussion about story, series engine, character, structure, tone and season arcs. Each student will formulate and pitch an original series idea, and complete the first draft of the pilot episode and season arcs by end of semester.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2020

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities: Ancient Plots, Modern Twists

HUM 470 / CWR 470 / CLA 471 · Fall 2020

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Yelena Baraz

This team-taught seminar will examine ancient plots as generative forces for new creative work. We will ask how ancient Greek and Roman plots are appropriated, reused, and reimagined by modern and contemporary writers. We will read the ancient texts in their own historical and cultural context and then ask why later authors turn to these plots and how they transform them in conversation with their own time and in relation to their own artistic goals.