E 325 • Creative Writing: Poetry
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course will be conducted as a workshop, with emphasis on developing abilities in writing, revising, and analyzing poetry. The quality of the written work, as well as effort, active participation in class discussions, and attendance, will determine the final grade. There will be readings and written exercises assigned from the textbook Writing Poems (these should average 1-2 typewritten pages) as well as handouts of supplementary poems to be read and discussed. There will also be other assigned exercises and poems to be worked on, at your own pace, and handed in from time to time during the semester. All assignments, no matter how brief, must be typewritten.
Final manuscript is due on the last day of class. It should contain: a minimum of six substantial poems (these should be poems on which you have received feedback from the class &/or from me), all earlier drafts of the above poems (and also all drafts of poems written as in-class exercises), all assignments from Writing Poems, and the signed copies of your work that you have received back from others in the class
Since your poems will be used in class discussions, you must provide two copies for each member of the class. Hand in only poems written for this course. For all assignments, typed and proofread work should be handed in.
The final grade may be affected if you have more than three unexcused absences (whether or not you take the course for a grade or as pass/fail). If you reach class late, you may be counted absent. Assignments handed in late may also affect your grade. The instructor reserves a certain amount of discretion in weighing these various elements when calculating the final grade.
Writing assignments 75%
Atendance and participation 25%
Writing Poems, by Wallace & Broissart