English 251: Introduction to Creative Writing

     Instructor: Bryan Fry
     Office: Avery 371
     Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00 a.m.
     AND Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m. (4th floor of the CUB)


     Course Schedule

Week 1 Writing and Knowing
Jan 8-12 Homework In-class Spotlight Due
M - Syllabus; Journals; Prompts
Rita Dove
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W Before Class: Read "Writing and Knowing" in The Poet's Companion (PC) and Carole Maso's "Break Every Rule"; Familiarize yourself with the layout of Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art. "Writing and Knowing"
"Break Every Rule"
Yesenia Montilla
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F Before Class: Complete Prompt 1
Group Activity: Hit the Pocket
Slam Performance
Prompt 1
Week 2 Meter Rhyme and Form
Jan 15-19
Homework In-class Spotlight Due
M Martin Luther King Jr Day--No Class -
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W Before Class: Read "Meter, Rhyme, and Form" in The Poet's Companion and pages 5-10 in Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art "Meter, Rhyme, and Form"
"That Chile Emmett in That Casket"
"Incendiary Art"
Warsan Shire -
F
Before Class: Read pages 11-49 in Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art; Complete Prompt 2
"Emmitt Till Choose Your Own Adventure" (14, 19, 27, 48)
"Incendiary Art: Birmingham 1963"
"Hey, who you got in here?"
"Incendiary Art: Los Angeles, 1992"
Natalie Diaz
Prompt 2
Week 3 Repetition Rhythm and Blues
Jan 22-26 Homework In-class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "Repetition, Rhythm, and Blues" in The Poet's Companion and pages 53-69 in Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art "Repetition, Rhythm, and Blues"
"Involuntary Breath Holding"
"When Black Men Drown Their Daughters"
Danez Smith -
W Before Class: Read pages 73-91 in Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art "Sagas of the Accidental Saint" (83-85) Martin Espada

F Before Class: Complete Prompt 3 Group Slam Activity Slam Performance Prompt 3
Week 4 The Music of the Line
29-Feb 2 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "The Music of the Line" in The Poet's Companion, Danez Smith's "summer, somewhere," and Victoria Chang's "Edward Hopper's Office at Night" "The Music and the Line"
"summer, somewhere"
"Edward Hopper's Office at Night"
Victoria Chang
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W Before Class: Read pages 92-109 in Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art "Sagas of the Accidental Saint"
(92-101)
Jose Olivarez -
F Before Class: Complete Prompt 4; Prepare to read one of your poems from this semester in class. Poetry Reading Cave Canem Prompt 4
Week 5 Images
Feb 5-9 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "Images" in The Poet's Companion and Ocean Vuong's "Threshold" in Night Sky with Exit Wounds "Images"
"Threshold"
   
Li-Young Lee -
W
Before Class: Read pages 7-46 in Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds
"Aubade with Burning City"
"Immigrant Haibun"
"Always & Forever"
"The Gift"
"Because It's Summer"
"Anaphora as Coping Mechanism"
Nikki Finny -
F Before Class: Complete Prompt 5 Group Slam Activity Slam Performance Prompt 5
Week 6 Witnessing
Feb 12-16 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "Witnessing" in The Poet's Companion before class. "Witnessing"
Jericho Brown
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W Before Class: Read pages 47-85 in Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds "Untitled (Blue, Green, Brown)"
"To My Father / To My Future Son"
"Deto(nation)"
"Notebook Fragments"
Tyehimba Jess
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F Before Class: Complete Prompt 6; Prepare to read one of your poems from this semester in class. Poetry Reading VONA Prompt 6
Week 7 A Body of Memory
Feb 19-23 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Presidents' Day - No Class
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W Before Class: Read Brenda Miller's "A Body of Memory," Christina Tang-Bernas's "\'in-glish\," and Sarah A. Chavez's "Mexican Americans and American Mexicans: An Etymology." "A Body of Memory"
"\'in-glish/"
"Mexican Americans and American
"Mexicans: An Etymology"
Kiese Laymon -
F Before Class: Read "The Basics of Good Writing in Any Form," "Amy Tan's "Confessions," and Jon Pineda's "Go." "The Basics of Good Writing . . ." (163-169)
"Confessions"
"Go"
Javier Zamora
Prompt 7
Week 8 The Basics of Good Writing in Any Form
26-Mar 2 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read packet of Veronica Sandoval's poems
Sandoval Poems
Erika Sanchez -
W Before Class: Read "The Basics of Good Writing in Any Form," Sonja Livingston's "The Ghetto Girls Guide to Dating and Romance," and Naomi Shihab Nye's "Someone I Love" "The Basics of Good Writing . . ." (169-177)
"The Ghetto Girls Guide to Dating and Romance"
"Someone I Love"
Joy Harjo -
F Before Class: Complete Prompt 8;  Group Slam Activity Watering Hole Prompt 8
Week 9 The Grammatical Excusion
Mar 5-9 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "The Grammatical Excursion" in The Poet's Companion. "The Grammatical Excursion"
Editing Activity
Hanif Abdurraqib
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W No Class -
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F No Class
Email Prompt 9 to me at bryanfry@wsu.edu
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Prompt 9
Spring Break - No Class this Week
Week 10 Character
Mar 19-23 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "The Hate U Give" (3-103) and Jewell Parker Rhodes "Creating Character."
"The Hate U Give"
"Creating Character"
Tayari Jones
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W Before Class: Read "The Hate U Give" (104-200) "The Hate U Give" William Evans
F Before Class: Complete Prompt 10; Prepare to read a poem or a portion of an essay from this semester in class. Poetry Reading Kimbilio Prompt 10
Week 11 Point of View
Mar 26-30 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "The Hate U Give" (200-278) and Jewell Parker Rhodes "Point of View"

"The Hate U Give"
"Point of View"
Junot Diaz -
W Before Class: Read "The Hate U Give" (281-334) "The Hate U Give" Chris Albani -
F Before Class: Complete Prompt 11 Group Activity CantoMundo Prompt 11
Week 12 The Music of Dialogue
April 2-6 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "The Hate U Give" (337-387) and Jewell Parker Rhodes "Diologue, Dialect, and Narrative Voice" "The Hate U Give"
"Dialogue, Dialect, and Narrative Voice"
Claudia Rankine -
W Before Class: Read "The Hate U Give" (388-444) "The Hate U Give" Kaveh Akbar -
F 2X4 Poetry Slam Groups A and B perform slams
Discuss Final
- Group A/B
Poetry Slam
Week 13 More Repetition: Villanelle Pantoum Sestina
April 9-13 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "Villanelle, Pantoum, Sestina" in The Poet's Companion. Villanelle, Pantoum, Sestina" Aimee Nezhukumatathilm -
W Bring work to class for workshop Workshop Bao Phi -
F 2X4 Poetry Slam Groups C and D perform slams
Discuss Final
- Group C/D
Poetry Slam
Week 14 Voice and Style
April 16-20 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "Voice and Style" in The Poet's Companion. "Voice and Style" Etheridge Knight Incendiary Art Poem
W Bring work to class for workshop Workshop Sonja Sanchez -
F 2X4 Poetry Slam Groups E and F perform slams
Discuss Final
- Group E/F Poetry Slam
Week 15 The Energy of Revision
April 23-27 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
M Before Class: Read "The Energy of Revision" in The Poet's Companion. "The Energy of Revision" Lucille Clifton -
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Workshop Laylie Long Soldier -
F Before Class: Complete Prompt 12; Prepare to read something from this semester in class. Reading Ross Gay Prompt 12
Finals Finals
May 4 Schedule In-Class Spotlight Due
F Prepare for your Final Portfolio/Presentation - - Final
 
   
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