English 351: Creative Writing: Prose
Instructor: Bryan Fry
Office: Avery 371
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Course Syllabus                                                                                                 Worskshop Schedule
 
Week 1 Jan 8
Monday
Introduction and Overview
    Jan 10
Wednesday
Read Chapter 1 in MM, Tobias Wolff's "Bullet in the Brain" in Method and Madness (MM) and Donald Hall's "The Insides of Words" before class
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 1
  Jan 12
Friday
Review Chapter 1; Read Denis Johnson's "Emergency" in MM before class. 
Journal Acitivty: Complete Prompt 2
Week 2 Jan 15
Monday
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day - No Class
   
Jan 17
Wednesday
Read Chapter 2 and Joyce Carol Oates's "Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?" in MM and Donald Hall's "Verbs" before class
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 3
  Jan 19
Friday
Read Donald Hall's "Nouns" and "Adjectives and Adverbs and Other Modifiers" before class
Read MLA formatting guidelines; use these guidelines to submit all work this semester.
Roundtable: Bring thee copies of a 2-page story to class
Week 3  Jan 22
Monday
Read Chapter 3 and Ron Hanson's "Nebraska" in MM before class
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 4
   
Jan 24
Wednesday
Read Chapter 4, Junot Diaz's "Fiesta, 1980" in MM before class
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 5
  Jan 26
Friday
Roundtable: Bring three copies of a 4-page story to class
Week 4    Jan 29
Monday
Read Chapter 5 and ZZ Packer's "Brownies" in MM before class
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 6
    Jan 31
Wednesday
Read Flannery O'Connor's "Everything that Rises Must Converge" in MM and Donald Hall's "Sentences" before class.
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 7
  Feb 2
Friday
Bring three copies of a 2-page scene to class.
Week 5 Feb 5
Monday
Read Chapter 6 and Don Chaon's "The Bees" in MM before class
Journal Activity:
Complete Prompt 8
   
Feb 7
Wednesday
Read Chapter 7 and Robert Olen Butler's "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" in MM before class
Journal Activity:
Complete Prompt 9
  Feb 9
Friday
Bring three copies of a 6-page story to class
Week 6    Feb 12
Monday
Reread Don Chaon's "The Bees" in MM and "A Grammatical Excursion" before class
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 10
    Feb 14
Wednesday
Review Chapter 8 and Toni Cade Bambara's "My Man Bovanne" in MM before class.
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 11
  Feb 16
Friday
Read Around: Bring 1 page of scene with dialogue to class.
Week 7 Feb 19
Monday
Presidents' Day - No Class
  Feb 21
Wednesday
Read Chapter 10 and Jess Walter's "Mr. Voice" before class
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 12
  Feb 23
Friday
Bring three copies of an 8-page story to class
Week 8 Feb 26
Monday
Discuss Ron Carlson Write's a Story (103-112)
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 13
  Feb 28
Wednesday
Discuss Ron Carlson Write's a Story (3-27)
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 14
  Mar 2
Friday
Discuss Ron Carlson Write's a Story (28-55)
Journal Activity: Complete Prompt 15
Week 9 Mar 5
Monday
Discuss Ron Carlson Write's a Story (56-74)
  Mar 7
Wednesday
No Class
  Mar 9
Friday
No Class
Spring Break - No Class this Week
Week 10 Mar 19
Monday
Workshop; attendance and preparation for workshop days is strongly recommended
    Mar 21
Wednesday
Workshop
  Mar 23
Friday
Workshop
Week 11 Mar 26
Monday
Workshop
    Mar 28
Wednesday
Workshop
  Mar 30
Friday
Workshop
Week 12 April 2
Monday
Workshop
  April 4
Wednesday
Workshop
  April 6
Friday
Workshop
Week 13 April 9
Monday
Workshop
    April 11
Wednesday
Workshop
  April 13
Friday
Workshop
 Week 15 April 16
Monday
Workshop
 
April 18
Wednesday
Workshop
  April 20
Friday
Workshop
Week 16 April 23
Monday
Read Chapter 13 and Ann Lamott's "Shitty First Drafts" in MM before class
Discuss Portfolio
    April 25
Wednesday
TBA
  April 27
Friday
TBA
Week 17 May 3
Wednesday
Portfolio due in Avery 451 by 5:00 p.m.