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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Course Descriptions

CRW 325F • Fiction Writing

34845 • UNFERTH, DEBORAH
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 302
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Instructor: Unferth, D

Unique: 34845

Semester: Fall 2014

Cross-lists: n/a

Restrictions: CRW Certificate students

Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 603B, 316L (or 316K), 316M (or 316K), 316N (or 316K), 316P (or 316K), or T C 603B.

Description: Each week for the first half of the semester, we will focus on a different element of craft—everything from intriguing first sentences to breathless endings. We will spend time on description, setting, dialogue, conflict, and more. I will assign in-class exercises and short take-home assignments, some of which we will discuss in class. We will read stories by 20th and 21st century writers and focus on how these writers make use of plot, form, voice, and style. In the second half of the semester, students will each write a complete short story, which we will workshop. On the last day of class students will hand in short reading responses to individually selected books, identifying an element of craft that particularly interests them.

Through story workshops, generative exercises, discussion of published work, and individual suggested reading, students write new work and read the work of others always with an eye toward inciting fresh ways of thinking about fiction. Students should emerge from the class with a solid grounding in narrative and with a collection of work in various stages of completion.

Texts: reading packet

Requirements and Grading:

Short writing assignments: 40%

Longer Short Story: 30%

Attendance and participation: 20%

Short responses: 10%

 

CRW 325F • Fiction Writing

34850 • LaSalle, Peter N
Meets MW 500pm-630pm PAR 310
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Instructor:  La Salle, P

Unique #:  34850

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Writing

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 603B, 316L (or 316K), 316M (or 316K), 316N (or 316K), 316P (or 316K), or T C 603B.

Description: The beginning of the course will stress the development of skills in the various aspects of narration, including writing description, probing character, and plotting. The latter part of the course will involve the writing and rewriting of a complete short story.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, Cassill, ed.

Requirements & Grading: Four writing assignments: 90%; Attendance

CRW 325M • Creative Writing

34855-34885 • Casares, Oscar H.
Meets TTH 1100am-1200pm UTC 3.132
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Instructor:  Casares, O & Greiner, C

Unique #:  34855-34885

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Writing

Computer Instruction:  No

Only one of the following may be counted: Creative Writing 325M, English 315F, 315P.

Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 603B, 316L (or 316K), 316M (or 316K), 316N (or 316K), 316P (or 316K), or T C 603B.

Description: This course is an introduction to the three major genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, and the personal essay. Students will be evaluated on work in all three genres. Short, frequent writing assignments (blog posts, sketches, and single poems) will allow students to practice their craft throughout the semester, and will culminate in longer pieces in each genre.

Prof. Casares will teach an introduction to reading and writing literary fiction. During the semester we will study a variety of stories from the textbooks, looking at the different techniques the writer used, and then eventually discussing your own short stories in this same manner. The goal is to make you a more critical reader while you gain a greater appreciation for what goes into developing an effective story, all of which is designed to improve your writing skills. Note: We will be discussing only literary fiction and not genre fiction (science fiction, vampire stories, romance, suspense, etc.). Prof. Casares will spend time at the beginning of the semester explaining the differences between the two forms, but if you hoped to write genre fiction this may not be the right course for you. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Prof. Greiner will teach poetry writing, focusing on the building blocks of poetic craft (line, sound, and stanza) as well as broader issues of voice, tone, diction, and subject matter. We will read and analyze a variety of classic and contemporary poems, seeking to become better readers in order to become better writers.

Profs. Casares and Greiner will collaborate to teach the art of the personal essay. Different from the persuasive or analytic essay you write for other classes, the personal essay is a literary genre related to memoir and autobiography. We will read outstanding examples of the form and practice casting our own experiences as literature in essays of our own.

This course will also introduce students to the basic practice of the creative writing class, the workshop. Every student will have the opportunity to have at least one assignment workshopped, either by the T.A. and members of your section, or by the professor and your T.A. in front of the whole class. Students will be able to choose between these options.

Texts: Janet Burroway, Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, Pearson/Longman (3rd edition); Kim Addonizio, Ordinary Genius (tentative).

Requirements & Grading: Short story: 20% of final grade; Suite of 3-5 poems: 20% of final grade; Personal essay: 20% of final grade; Character sketch: 5% of final grade; Plot sketch: 5% of final grade; Poem #1: 5% of final grade; Poem #2: 5% of final grade; Personal Essay proposal: 5% of final grade; Weekly blog posts: 10% of final grade; Participation and attendance: 5% of final grade.

CRW 325P • Poetry Writing

34890 • Young, Dean H
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CAL 21
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Instructor:  Young, D

Unique #:  34890

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Writing

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Only one of the following may be counted: CRW 325P, E 325 (Topic 2: Creative Writing: Poetry), 325P.

Prerequisites: One of the following: C L 315, E 603B, 316L (or 316K), 316M (or 316K), 316N (or 316K), 316P (or 316K), or T C 603B.

Description: Students in this class will be expected to write and turn in one poem a week, some to be discussed in class. We will also be reading a few books by established poets and students will be required to write a short response to each book.

Requirements & Grading: TBA.

CRW 340F • Short Story Workshop

34895 • Casares, Oscar H.
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 1.134
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Instructor:  Casares, O

Unique #:  34895

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  Writing

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

CRW 340F and E 341 may not both be counted.

Prerequisites: CRW 325F (or E 325F), or 325M.

Description: Practice in writing the short story, with study of contemporary models.

This course is designed for students who have already taken Fiction Writing (325F or 325M) and have a serious interest in writing fiction. Since the class is primarily a workshop, we will discuss student work for the majority of the semester.

Texts: (Tentative) Reading Like a Writer, 1st edition: Francine Prose

Requirements & Grading: You are required to write two short stories (each 8-15 pages) that will be discussed in a workshop setting and later revised. For all the other student work discussed in class, you will be responsible for writing detailed critiques (1-2 pages). Attendance is required. There will be no final exam.

Classroom participation, 20%
; Three Stories, 80%.

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