English 251: Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Genres
Instructor: Bryan Fry
Office: Avery 371
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00 am


Course Schedule

Week 1 Jan 11
Monday
Introduction and overview; discuss Journal Assignment; discuss on-line handouts.
  Jan 13
Wednesday
Read 1-8 in PCW and Brian Doyle's "The Greatest Nature Essay Ever"; bring handout to class; discuss first writing prompt.
   
Jan 15
Friday
Read 11-20 in PCW and Aleida Rodriguez's "My Mother in Two Photographs"; bring handout to class
Journal Activity
: Complete "Practice" at the bottom of page 15.
Week 2 Jan 18
Monday
Martin Luther King Jr Day -- No Class
     
Jan 20
Wednesday
Read 27-29 and 32-34 in PCW and Sherman Alexie's "Every Little Hurricane"; bring handout to class.
Journal Activity: Answer the questions on page 28 as you read Alexie's story.
  Jan 22
Friday
Read 34-35, Lorraine Lopez's "The Night Aliens . . ." (54) and Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" (58) in PCW.
Journal Activity: Complete one of the journal prompts.
Week 3 Jan 25
Monday
Writing Prompt Due: Bring Brian Doyle Imitation to class
  Jan 27
Wednesday
Read Amy Fusselman, From The Pharmacist's Mate (59) in PCW.
Journal Activity: complete "Practice" on page 35.
 
Jan 29
Friday
Read 35-36, 40-45, Bob Hickok's "A Primer" (51) and Betsy Sholl's "Genealogy" (52) in PCW; Complete "Practice" on page 45-46.
Writing Prompt Due: Bring Poetry Imitation to class.
Week 4 Feb 1
Monday
Read 66-72 and Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" (102) in PCW.
Journal Activity: complete "Practice" on page 69.
 
Feb 3
Wednesday
Read 73-77 in PCW and Tobias Wolff's "Bullet in the Brain"; bring handout to class.
  Feb 5
Friday
Read Etgar Keret's "Fatso"; bring handout to class.
Journal Activity: complete second "Practice" on page 75.
Week 5 Feb 8
Monday
Read 29-31 in PCW.
Writing Prompt Due:
Bring a 1-2 page story with conflict to class.

  Feb 10
Wednesday
Read 78-87, Kim Addonizio's "First Poem for You" (95), Weslie Court's "The Obsession (99) in PCW.
Journal Activity: complete "Practice" at the bottom of page 80.
 
Feb 12
Friday
Read 87-92, Sherman Alexie's "Bird Watching" (95) and Brenda Miller's "Swerve" (101) in PCW.
Journal Activity:
complete third "Practice" on page 90.
Week 6 Feb 15
Monday
President's Day -- No Class
 
Feb 17
Wednesday
Read 117-123 and Akhil Sharma's "Surrounded by Sleep" (160) in PCW.
Journal Activity: Complete "Practice" on page 123.
  Feb 19
Friday
Wriiting Prompt Due: Bring a poem (20 lines), a short essay (1-2 pages) , or a short story (1-2 pages) to class
Week 7 Feb 22
Monday
Revised Brian Doyle Imitation Due
ad 123-131 Tony Hoagland's "Personal" (141), and Gary Soto's "Everything Twice" (142) in PCW.
Journal Activity: Write a poem composed primarily of images
  Feb 24
Wednesday
Read David Owen's "The Dime Store Floor" (146) in PCW.
Journal Activity:
Click here for the journal prompt.
 
Feb 26
Friday
Read John McPhee's "Silk Parachute"; bring handout to class
Journal Activity
: Complete one of the journal prompts.
Week 8 Feb 29
Monday
Writing Prompt due: Bring a sensory driven poem (20 lines), a short essay (1-2 pages) , or a short story (1-2 pages) to class; Discuss Final Portfolios.
    March 2
Wednesday
Read 170-181 and Rick Moddy's Boy's (198) in PCW; Read Donald Barthelme's "The School"
  March 4
Friday
Read 182-189, Brian Arundel's "The Things I've Lost" (202), and Brian Turner's "What Every Soldier Should Know" (203) in PCW.
Week 9 March 7
Monday
Read 189-195 in PCW; Read Denis Johnson's "Car Crash While Hitchhiking"; bring handout to class
  March 9
Wednesday
Workshop: Bring 3 copies of a prose that includes a scene with dialogue.
 
March 11
Friday
No Class - Work on Portfolios
Spring Break
Week 10 March 21
Monday
Workshop: Bring 3 copies of your scene from Wednesday.
Journals Due

 
March 23
Wednesday
Class Visit: Kevin Willmott
  March 25
Friday
Workshop: Bring your scenes to class.
Week 11 March 28
Monday
Read Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux"s "Meter, Rhyme, and Form";; bring handout to class.
  March 30
Wedensday
Read 264-275, Gregory Orr's "The River" (286), Ellen Dore Watson's "Ghazel" (286), and Carolyn Kizer's "Parent's Pantoum" (287) in PCW.
 
April 1
Friday
No Class - Work on Portfolios
Week 12 April 4
Monday
Scenes Due: Bring a final copy of your scene to class.
Read 275-285 and Lorrie Moore's "How to Become a Writer" (292) in PCW.
  April 6
Wednesday
Pick out your favorite poem from the Poems handout and be prepared to discuss it in class
  April 8
Friday
Workshop: Bring 3 copies of a poem to class. 
Week 13 April 11
Monday
Workshop: Bring 3 copies of revised poems to class
  April 13
Wednesday
Discuss Final Portfolios
  April 15
Friday
Poems Due: Bring a final copy of your workshop poem to class
Week 14 April 18
Monday
Workshop: Bring 1 copy of your revised scene to class
  April 20
Wednesday
Read Mary Robinson's "Yours"
Workshop: Bring 1 copy of your revised scene to class
  April 22
Friday
Read Tobias Wolff's "The Chain"; bring handout to class.
Bring 1 copy of your correctly formatted scene to class
Week 15 April 25
Monday
Final draft of scenes are due
  April 27
Wednesday
Read 359-370 in PCW; bring one copy of a peice you want to place in your final portfolio to class.
  April 29
Friday
Read 370-385 in PCW; bring one copy of a peice you want to place in your final portfolio to class.
Week 16 May 2
Monday
Final Portfolios Due in Avery 451 by 5:00 p.m.


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