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

Spring 2010

E 325 • Creative Writing: Poetry -W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34735 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
PAR 302

Course Description

This course will be conducted along the lines of a workshop, with emphasis on developing abilities in writing, revising, and analyzing poetry. The quality of the written work, as well as effort, timely completion of assignments, active and appropriate participation in class discussions, written critiques of others' work, attendance, and the final portfolio will determine your grade. There will handouts of material to be read and discussed. There will also be assigned exercises and poems to be worked on, at your own pace, and handed in from time to time during the semester. (No new poems to be handed in during the final 10 days of class; this time is reserved for final revisions, rewrites, etc.) All assignments, no matter how brief, must be typewritten. A portfolio including your final manuscript of poems will be due toward the end of class meetings (exact date TBA). It should contain:? 1. A minimum of 6 substantial poems (a total of 10 pages of original poems: these pages will include in-class writing exercises on which you have gone on to do further development and revision). You should hand in your most recent version plus all earlier drafts (in reverse chronological order). These should be poems, written during this semester, on which you have received feedback/critiques from the class and from me. Feedback can be from class discussions with the whole class, from within smaller class discussion groups, or from written critiques provided by members of the class.? You should also have feedback from me in the form of written and/or verbal remarks (and there will be at least one required office conference with me). 2. All earlier drafts of the above poems (and also all drafts of poems written as in-class or take-home exercises). If you write on the computer, save your drafts and print them out periodically. 3. The critiques of work that you have received back from others in the class (again: be sure to sign the comment sheets that you return to others). 4. Poems/exercises written in class (these may be revised and used as part of the manuscript, but in any case they should be typewritten and handed in, even if only one revision has been done.) 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

Writing assignments 70%? Attendance and participation 30% The final grade will be lowered 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. Even if not counted absent, numerous latenesses may affect the grade. 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.


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