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ENGL 2301: Creative Writing: Schedule

A course of Prof. Michelle Radtke

Course Schedule

Course Schedule

(Subject to Change)

Week 1: Introduction to Creative Writing: Beginnings: Generating ideas

Read:

Ross Gay, “A Small Needful Fact.”

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird – p. 16-32

Shirley Hazard, “We Need Silence to Know What We Think.”

Introduction post due: Tuesday, 2/2, 11:59pm

Response due: Wednesday, 2/3, 11:59pm

Meetings: Thursday 2/4, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Assignment due: Assignment 1a due Thursday 2/4, 11:00am

Week 2: Beginnings: Exploring ideas: Memory and the Subconcious: Outline or Organic? 

Read:

Janet Frame, “My Last Story.”

Chimamanda Adiche, “Real Food.”

Shirley Jackson, “Memory and Delusion.”

James Wood, How Fiction Works p. 3-11, p. 223-228, and p. 247-248

Watch: “Memory” The Mind Explained, Netflix

Reading post due: Tuesday, 2/9, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 2/10, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 2/11, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Assignment due: Assignment 1b due Thursday 2/11, 11:00am

Week 3: Narration: Point of View and Perspective: Person  

Read:

Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “In a Grove.”

Watch:

            Rashomon

Reading post due: Tuesday, 2/16, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 2/17, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 2/18, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Week 4: Narration: Point of View and Perspective: Context: Text and the Story Inside it

Read:

John Cheever “The Enormous Radio.”           

Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery.”

Ruth Franklin, “The Lottery Letters.”

Reading post due: Tuesday, 2/23, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 2/24, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 2/25, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Assignment due: Assignment 2 due Thursday 2/25, 11:00am

Week 5: Narration: Voice: Character

Read:

Jamaica Kincaid “Girl.”

            Junot Diaz “How to Date a Brown Girl.”

Donald Barthleme “The School.”

Reading post due: Tuesday, 3/2, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 3/3, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 3/4, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Week 6: Character: Plot: Repetition & Silence 

Workshops begin!

Read:

Marguerite Duras, “The Cutter off of Water.”

            Tillie Olsen Silences p. 142-151,

            Anne Lamott Bird by Bird p. 44-58

Reading post due: Tuesday, 3/9, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 3/9, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 3/10, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 3/11, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Assignment due: Assignment 3 due Thursday 3/11, 11:00am

Week 7: Style: Detail: Description: Language

Read:

Penelope Lively “The Purple Swamp Hen.”

            Tim O’Brien “The Things They Carried.”

Reading post due: Tuesday, 3/16, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 3/16, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 3/17, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 3/18, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Week 8: Structure and Form: Dialogue

Read:

Ernest Hemingway “Hills Like White Elephants.”

            J.D Salinger “Franny.”

            James Wood How Fiction Works p. 213-221.

Reading post due: Tuesday, 3/23, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 3/23, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 3/24, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 3/25, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Assignment due: Assignment 4 due Thursday 3/25, 11:00am

Week 9: No Class – Spring Break!

Week 10: Structure and Form: Plays:

Read:

            Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Ernest.”

Rivka Galchen “Is It Harder to Write Humorously Than It Is to Write Seriously?”

Watch:

            The Importance of Being Ernest, Film (TBD – 1952 or 2002)

Lauren Gunderson, “Playwriting Class: Beginnings and Endings.”   https://www.facebook.com/208208095994525/videos/254433542240971 

Reading post due: Tuesday, 4/6, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 4/6, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 4/7, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 4/8, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Assignment due: Assignment 5 due Thursday 4/8, 11:00am

Week 11: Structure and Form: Poetry

Read:

Audre Lorde, “Poetry is Not a Luxury.”

            Adrienne Rich, Essay TBD

            Danez Smith, “dinosaurs in the hood.”

            Morgan Parker, “Afro” and “Beyonce is sorry for what she won’t hear.”

Reading post due: Tuesday, 4/13, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 4/13, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 4/14, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 4/15, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Week 12: Structure and Form: Poetry 

Read:

            TS Elliot, “Hamlet and His Problems.”

            Collection of modern poems - TBD

Reading post due: Tuesday, 4/20, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 4/20, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 4/21, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 4/22, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Assignment due: Assignment 6 due Thursday 4/22, 11:00am

Week 13: Structure and Form: Poetry: Prose Poems: Short Shorts

Read:

Grace Paley, “Wants.”

Tatyana Tolstoya, “Aspic.”

Steve Martin “The Demolition of The Cathedral at Chartres.”

            Lydia Davis - Selected Shorts TBD.   

Reading post due: Tuesday, 4/27, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 2/27, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 4/28, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 4/29, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Week 14: Time

Read:

Edward St. Aubyn, “Mother’s Milk.” p. 440-450,

Tobias Wolf, “Bullet in the Brain.”

Reading post due: Tuesday, 5/4, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 5/4, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 5/5, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 5/6, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Week 15: Endings: Twists, Lessons and the Afterlife of a Story

Read:

            James Joyce, “Araby.”

Guy de Maupassant “The Necklace.”

Reading post due: Tuesday, 5/11, 11:59pm

Workshop responses due: Tuesday, 5/11, 11:59pm

Peer response due: Wednesday, 5/12, 11:59pm

Meeting: Thursday 5/13, 11:00am – 12:15pm

Week 16: No In-Person Class

Due: Final Story, Monday, 5/17, 5:00pm