Eastern Michigan University
Imaginative Writing 201
Mary Jeselnick Koral - Mkoral@emich.edu
Course Rationale: Imaginative Writing 201 is the beginning course for Creative Writing majors, and students who are interested in the process of writing creatively. Students in this course will experiment with a variety of genres; learn something of the basic terminology used in talking about creative writing and the process. Students in this course work with both poetry and fiction and the spaces in between. They learn literary vocabulary and techniques, which direct their skills to both critical and creative thinking. The discipline of creative writing is as a field of art, continuous with other arts. The process and strategy for creating new art in a variety of ways will be stressed. CRTW201 meet the general education requirements for Arts in the Knowledge of Disciplines.
Instructor Information: I have finished a novel and am in the process of finding a home for it. This takes time. (Note this for yourself. It's the way writing is!) I began as a poet. I've published short stories and worked under a grant from the state of Michigan. I've won an award from the Academy of American Poets Society, the University of Michigan. I've made the first twenty-five cut in Glimmer Train. (twice) stories are forthcoming in ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW, PISGAH REVIEW AND INTERIM. Green Horn Literary Lantern and others. I am mesmerized by words. Which might seem obvious, but is not. Writers are not all word hounds; some writers think obsessively about plot, or maybe about place. For me the words are what matters. What will happen in my writing comes from the sequence of words, not usually from a preconceived idea.
What you can expect: You can expect that I will support your work, respond to your emails, be available for office hours and create a positive class. You will write using a variety of prompts from holding a cheese cracker in your mouth, to eavesdropping. I love writing and working with your writing.
Please do not expect that I will "tell you how to write a story."
What I mean by this is I can't show you the way a person might show a math problem. I can teach you how to read a story to figure out what work and look at your work to figure out what works. In that way, you learn the process of writing.