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Creative Writing: Courses

NOTE: Below you will find basic graduate course descriptions for the Creative Writing program. For official program information and course requirements, please visit the online catalog.

CRTW 506 - Contemporary Forms

This reading intensive course focuses on the interplay between critical theory and aesthetic practice, while offering a range of perspectives on emergent and interdisciplinary forms in poetry, fiction, performance, electronic media, and hybrid genres.  (Required)

* Required Writing Workshops (9 hours)
Three courses from among the following CRTW 522 – CRTW 529:

CRTW 522 - Interdisciplinary Writing Workshop

This is a special topics workshop and seminar, with different topics offered each semester. Requirements typically include a substantial portfolio of new creative work, critical reading responses, and seminar presentations. (Fulfills workshop requirement and can be repeated for credit.) Recent special topics include: Appropriation, Theory and Methods

CRTW 523 - Poetry and Poetics

This course combines the study of poetics with creative practice. The investigation of poetics assists writers in articulating the relationship of their poetry to social, aesthetic, historical, linguistic, and philosophical frameworks. Combining creative writing with studies in poetics, students will have the opportunity to develop their writing with an awareness of the larger contexts of art that ground their practice and thought.

CRTW 524 - Prose

Enlisting theories of narrative and prose genres as these intersect with method and practice, this workshop covers a variety of topics relevant to the creation of compelling prose. Areas of focus vary from term to term and may include fiction, "new narrative," poetry in prose, aphorism, and experimental forms.

CRTW 525 - Documentary Writing

This workshop will sustain an inquiry into appropriation and conceptual writing in theory and practice, while creatively drawing  on the rich possibilities offered by the use of source materials and documents in one's work. We will experiment with the value of "shock effects" in appropriation techniques, while also inquiring into the problems of "authorship" and "property." One of the guiding questions of the class will concern the critical value of writing practices that make use of cultural texts and other documents. Through rigorous and imaginative practice, we will produce creative works grounded in new understandings of language as social material.

CRTW 526 - Sound Poetry

This workshop pursues language as soundscape, training our attention to acoustic aspects of language, as well as the dialectic between performance and technology. The course offers theoretical context and practical models for one's own endeavors with the sonic possibilities of writing and speech.

CRTW 527 - The Essay As Form

When driven by linguistic music and associative speculation as much as by facts, the essay becomes a conceptual hybrid, existing between poetry and prose and making the most of techniques associated with both. This course explores the essay as an unorthodox form, one that organizes experience by way of unconventional approaches to inquiry and knowledge.

CRTW 528 - Interactive Narrative

An advanced workshop seminar in creative writing focusing on interactive narrative. Students will study existing work in hypermedia, video art, and installation as well as other narrative forms utilizing the screen such as video games and Web technologies; this class is focused on student work and class discussions.

CRTW 529 - New Media

How are our contemporary aesthetic practices and compositional strategies affected by the digital environment? This workshop explores an expansive view of language that focuses on the rich interplay and overlap of image, text, and electronic media. We'll situate our writing in the global internet-driven transition from a print-based culture to the new multi-modal, multi-media, multi-discipline economies we now inhabit.

CRTW 550 - Community Outreach

In this course students will pursue an internship in art related public projects while participating in a seminar that explores the literary arts in community life. We will inquire into the promise and problems of collaboration between universities and communities as we create new cultural resources. This course engages an experiential approach to education emphasizing the relational aspects of cultural production and social practice. Requires at least 30 practicum hours of arts-based service learning in a public or nonprofit organization of the student's choice. (Required)