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

Spring 2007

E 325 • Creative Writing: Poetry

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34470 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
PAR 302

Course Description

This course will emphasize developing abilities in writing and revising poetry. The quality of the written work, as well as effort, timely completion of assignments, participation in class discussions, and attendance, will determine the final grade. There will be a number of exercises and poems to be worked on and handed in from time to time during the semester. All assignments, no matter how brief, must be typewritten.

The final portfolio of poems is due on the last day of class. It should contain:
1. A minimum of five substantial poems. These should be poems on which you have received feedback from me; they should have been written during this semester and revised at least once, and should represent what you feel is your best work of the semester.
2. All earlier drafts of the above poems (and also all drafts of poems written as in-class exercises). If you write on the computer, save your drafts and print them out periodically.
3. Any other poems or exercises which you did not choose to include in the grouping of five poems. Poems/exercises written in class (any of these may be revised and used as part of the final grouping of five poems, but in any case they should be typewritten, even if unrevised.)
4. Annotated copies of work that you have received back from others in the class (be sure to sign the comment sheets you prepare for others).

In other words: if you SAVE ALL THE PAPER generated by this class, you can't go wrong in terms of having what you need at the end of the semester.

Grading Policy

No grades will be recorded on the work handed back to you. If you would like some idea of how you are doing in the course, please consult me during office hours.

Writing assignments 75%
Attendance and participation 25%

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.


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