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 7
Monday
Introduction and overview; discuss Journal Assignment; discuss on-line handouts.
  Jan 9
Wednesday
Read 1-8 (Sellers); Read Brian Doyle's "The Greatest Nature Essay Ever"; bring handout to class; discuss first writing prompt.
   
Jan 11
Friday
Read 11-20 (Sellers).
Journal Activity: complete "Practice" at the bottom of page 15.
Week 2 Jan 14
Monday
Read 27-29 and 32-34 (Sellers); Read 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 16
Wednesday
Read 34-35 (Sellers); Read Lorraine Lopez's "The Night Aliens . . ." and Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl".
Journal Activity: Complete one of the journal prompts.
  Jan 18
Friday
Writing Prompt Due: Bring Brian Doyle Imitation to class
Week 3 Jan 21
Monday
Martin Luther King Day--No Class
  Jan 23
Wednesday
Read Amy Fusselman, From The Pharmacist's Mate (59).
Journal Activity: complete "Practice" on page 35.
 
Jan 25
Friday
Read 35-36 and 40-45 (Sellers); Read Bob Hickok's "A Primer" (51) and Betsy Sholl's "Genealogy" (52); Complete "Practice" on page 45-46.
Writing Prompt Due: Bring Poetry Imitation to class.
Week 4 Jan 28
Monday
Read 66-72 (Sellers); Read Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" (102).
Journal Activity: complete "Practice" on page 69.
 
Jan 30
Wednesday
Read 73-77 (Sellers); Read Tobias Wolff's "Bullet in the Brain"; bring handout to class.
  Feb 1
Friday
Read Etgar Keret's "Fatso"; bring handout to class.
Journal Activity: complete second "Practice" on page 75.
Week 5 Feb 4
Monday
Read 29-31 (Sellers).
Writing Prompt Due:
Bring a 1-2 page story with conflict to class.

  Feb 6
Wednesday
Read 78-87 (Sellers); Read Kim Addonizio's "First Poem for You" (95) and  Weslie Court's "The Obsession (99).
Journal Activity: complete "Practice" at the bottom of page 80.
 
Feb 8
Friday
Read 87-92 (Sellers); Read Sherman Alexie's "Bird Watching" (95) and Brenda Miller's "Swerve" (101).
Journal Activity:
complete third "Practice" on page 90.
Week 6 Feb 11
Monday
Read 117-123 (Sellers); Read Akhil Sharma's "Surrounded by Sleep" (160).
Complete "Practice" on page 123.
 
Feb 13
Wednesday
Wriiting Prompt Due: Bring revised draft of story from Feb 4.
  Feb 15
Friday
Read 123-131 (Sellers); Read Tony Hoagland's "Personal" (141) and Gary Soto's "Everything Twice" (142). Write a poem composed primarily of images in your notebook.
Week 7 Feb 18
Monday
President's Day--No Class
  Feb 20
Wednesday
Read David Owen's "The Dime Store Floor" (146).
Journal Activity:
Click here for the journal prompt.
 
Feb 22
Friday
Read John McPhee's "Silk Parachute".
Journal Activity: Complete one of the journal prompts.
Week 8 Feb 25
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.
    Feb 27
Wednesday
Read 170-181 (Sellers); Read Rick Moddy's Boy's (198) and Donald Barthelme's "The School"
  March 1
Friday
Read 182-189  (Sellers); Read Brian Arundel's "The Things I've Lost" (202) and Brian Turner's "What Every Soldier Should Know. (203).
Week 9 March 4
Monday
Read 189-195 (Sellers); Read Denis Johnson's "Car Crash While Hitchhiking"
  March 6
Wednesday
No Class - Work on Portfolios
 
March 8
Friday
No Class - Work on Portfolios
Spring Break
Week 10 March 18
Monday
Workshop: Bring 4 copies of a revised peice of writing to class.
 
March 20
Wednesday
Read 205-215 (Sellers); Read Marisa Silver's "What I Saw from Where I Stood" (335).
  March 22
Friday
Read 215-228 (Sellers); Read Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"
Week 11 March 25
Monday
Writing Prompt due: Bring a poem (20 lines), a short essay (1-2 pages) , or a short story (1-2 pages) to class.
  March 27
Wedensday
Read Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux"s "Meter, Rhyme, and Form"
 
March 29
Friday
Read 264-275 (Sellers); Read Gregory Orr's "The River" (286), Ellen Dore Watson's "Ghazel" (286), and Carolyn Kizer's "Parent's Pantoum" (287).
Week 12 April 1
Monday
Read 275-285 (Sellers); Read Lorrie Moore's "How to Become a Writer" (292).
  April 3
Wednesday
Read Poems
  April 5
Friday
Writing Prompt due: Bring a poem (20 lines), a short essay (1-2 pages) , or a short story (1-2 pages) to class.
Week 13 April 8
Monday
Read Scott Russell Sander's "Under the Influence"
  April 10
Wednesday
Read Lauren Slater's "Three Spheres"
  April 12
Friday
Read Tony Early's "Shooting the Cat"
Week 14 April 15
Monday
Read Flanner O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
  April 17
Wednesday
Read Gabriel Marquez's "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World"
  April 19
Friday
Read Tobias Wolff's "The Chain"
Week 15 April 22
Monday
Workshop: Bring 4 copies of a revised peice of writing to class.
  April 24
Wednesday
Read 359-370 (Sellers); bring one copy of a peice you want to place in your final portfolio to class.
  April 26
Friday
Read 370-385 (Sellers); bring one copy of a peice you want to place in your final portfolio to class.
Week 16 May 3
Friday
Final Portfolios Due in Avery 451


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