English 251: Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Genres
Instructor: Bryan Fry
Office: Avery 371
Office Hours: MWF 12:00-1:00 p.m.


Course Schedule

Week 1 Jan 12
Monday
Introduction and overview; discuss Journal Assignment; discuss on-line readings.
  Jan 14
Wednesday
Read "Writing and Knowing" in The Poet's Comanion (PC) before class.
   
Jan 16
Friday
Read "Images" and "Similes and Metaphors" in PC before class.
Week 2 Jan 19
Monday
Martin Luther King Day--No class
     
Jan 21
Wednesday
Poem 1 due (bring 4 copies to class)
  Jan 23
Friday
Read Mary Oliver's "Soundbefore class; bring binder with online readings to class.
Week 3 Jan 26
Monday
Poem 2 due (bring 4 copies to class)
  Jan 28
Wednesday
Read "Death and Grief" and "Writing the Erotic" in PC before class.
 
Jan 30
Friday
Read "The Music of the Line" and "Meter, Rhyme, and Form" in PC before class.
Week 4 Feb 2
Monday
Poem 3 due (bring 4 copies to class)
 
Feb 4
Wednesday
Read "The Shadow" and "Witnessing" in PC before class.
  Feb 6
Friday
Read "Repetition, Rhythm and Blues" and "More Repetition: Villanelle, Pantoum, Sestina" in PC before class.
Week 5 Feb 9
Monday
Poem 4 due (bring 4 copies to class)
  Feb 11
Wednesday
Journals Due; Read "Voice and Style" in PC before class; Breifly discuss final portfolio.
 
Feb 13
Friday
Read Brian Doyle's "The Greatest Nature Essay Ever"; bring reading to class.
Week 6 Feb 16
Monday
President's Day--No Class
 
Feb 18
Wednesday
Essay 1 due (bring 1 copy to class)
  Feb 20
Friday
John McPhee's "Silk Parachute" before; Read Stuart Dybeck's "Lights" in In Short (IS) before class.
Week 7 Feb 23
Monday
Essay 2 due (bring 1 copy to class)
  Feb 25
Wednesday
Read Ted Kooser's "Hands" in IS before class.
 
Feb 27
Friday
Read Naomi Shihab Nye's "Mint Snowball" in IS before class.
Week 8 March 2
Monday
Essay 3 due (bring 3 copies to class)
    March 4
Wednesday
Read Scott Russell Sander's "Under the Influence" before class; bring reading to class.
  March 6
Friday
Read Tobias Wolff's "Last Shot" and Tim O'Brien's "LZ Gator, Vietnam, February 1994" in IS before class.
Week 9 March 9
Monday
Essay 4 due (bring 3 copies to class)
  March 11
Wednesday
Read Etgar Keret's "Fatso" and Donald Barthelme's "The School" before class; bring readings to class.
 
March 13
Friday
Read "Bel Kaufman's "Sunday in the Park" and Langston Hughes's "Thank you, M'AM" in Sudden Fiction (SS) before class.
Spring Break
Week 10 March 23
Monday
Story 1 due (bring 3 copies to class).
 
March 25
Wednesday
Read Denis Johnson's "Car Crash While Hitchhiking"; bring reading to class.
  March 27
Friday
Read Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"; bring reading to class.
Week 11 March 30
Monday
Story 2 due (bring 3 copies to class).
  April 1
Wedensday
Raymond Carver's "Popular Mechanics in SS and "Neighbors" before class; bring reading to class.
 
April 3
Friday
Read Tobias Wolff's "Say Yes" in SS and "Bullet in the Brain" before class; bring reading to class.
Week 12 April 6
Monday
Story 3 due (bring 3 copies to class).
  April 8
Wednesday
Read Elizabeth Tallent's "No One's a Mystery" and Mary Robinson's "Yours" in SS before class.
  April 10
Friday
Read Sherman Alexie's "Every Little Hurricane"; bring reading to class.
Week 13 April 13
Monday
Story 4 due (bring 3 copies to class).
  April 15
Wednesday
Discuss Final Portfolios
  April 17
Friday
Revison Workshop
Week 14 April 20
Monday
Revison Workshop
  April 22
Wednesday
Revison Workshop
  April 24
Friday
Revison Workshop
Week 15 April 27
Monday
TBA
  April 29
Wednesday
TBA
  May 1
Friday
TBA
Week 16 May 7
Thursday
Portfolios due in Avery 451


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