251: Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Genres
Office Hours: MWF
This assignment is an adaptation of some of the
ideas in Dorianne Laux and Kim Addonizio's A Poet's
a journal and write in it every day, even if it’s only for ten
most writers lack in abundance is time. Our lives are so busy. There
many things that need to get done in a day and they are all much more
than writing a poem. But think of it this way: if a good friend called
said, “I know you’re busy, but can I have ten minutes of
your time?” you’d probably
oblige and settle in for fifteen. We all have a few minutes a day we
for something we care about. It’s a reasonable amount of time.
ten minutes a day and don’t just wait for it to appear. If you
drink coffee in
the morning and stare out the window for half an hour, give yourself
minutes to stare and ten minutes to write. Or ten minutes before you go
sleep, or ten minutes around lunch time. Figure out a time during the
you generally have to yourself and mark it in your calendar. Make a
yourself. Now you want to know, What do I write about? Keep it simple.
down an image that struck you the day before, or one from memory.
Expand on it
for a few minutes. Or write down a number of images, briefly: the boy
gas station, the stunted tree in the backyard, the man who dropped his
at the airport, notes for possible poems. This is “no
fault” writing. It
doesn’t have to be good, it just has to get done. Think of it as
a program to
get you back on track. Do it for one semester and see what happens.
Note: Make sure to bring your journal to class each day.
Due Dates: I will
collect these journals periodically throughout the semester. Please
our class schedule to see when journals are due.
is a list of prompts to help get you started