English 351: Creative Writing: Prose
Instructor: Bryan Fry
Office: Avery 371
Office Hours: MWF 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Course Syllabus                                                                                                 Worskshop Schedule
 
Week 1 Jan 9
Monday
Introduction and Overview
    Jan 11
Wednesday
Read Chapter 1 in MM, Brian Doyle's "The Greatest Nature Essay Ever," and Donald Hall's "The Insides of Words" before class
  Jan 13
Friday
Review Chapter 1; Read Denis Johnson's "Emergency" and Amy Bloom's "Silver Water" in MM before class
Week 2 Jan 16
Monday
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day - No Class
   
Jan 18
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
  Jan 20
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.
Prompt 1 due (bring 3 copies to class)
Week 3  Jan 23
Monday
Read Chapter 3, Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," and Ron Hanson's "Nebraska" in MM before class
   
Jan 25
Wednesday
Read Chapter 4, Junot Diaz's "Fiesta, 1980" in MM before class
  Jan 27
Friday
Prompt 2 due (bring 3 copies to class)
Week 4    Jan 30
Monday
Read Chapter 5 and ZZ Packer's "Brownies" in MM before class
    Feb 1
Wednesday
Read Flannery O'Connor's "Everything that Rises Must Converge" in MM and Donald Hall's "Sentences" before class
  Feb 3
Friday
Prompt 3 due (bring 3 copies to class) 
Week 5 Feb 6
Monday
Read Don Chaon's "The Bees" in MM and "A Grammatical Excursion" before class
   
Feb 8
Wednesday
No Class: Work on stories this week
  Feb 10
Friday
No Class: Work on stories this week
Week 6    Feb 13
Monday
Read Chapter 7 and Robert Olen Butler's "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" in MM before class
    Feb 15
Wednesday
Read Chapter 8 and Toni Cade Bambara's "My Man Bovanne" in MM before class
  Feb 17
Friday
Prompt 5 due (bring 3 copies to class)
Week 7 Feb 20
Monday
Presidents' Day - No Class
  Feb 22
Wednesday
Reread Don Chaon's "The Bees" in MM and "A Grammatical Excursion" before class
  Feb 24
Friday
Prompt 6 due (bring 3 copies to class)
Week 8 Feb 27
Monday
Read Chapter 10, Akhil Sharma's "Surrounded by Sleep," and Bharati Mukherjee's The Management of Grief" in MM before class
  Mar 1
Wednesday
Review Chapter 10 in MM before class--in-class writing activity
  Mar 3
Friday
Read Chapter 11 in MM before class
Review the beginnings of some of the stories we've read so far in this class. Be prepared to discuss them.
Week 9 Mar 6
Monday
Review Chapter 11 in MM before class
Bring the first 3-4 pages of your story for workshop to class.
  Mar 8
Wednesday
Review Chapter 8 in MM before class
Review scenes with dialogue from some of the stories you've read so far in this class. Be prepared to discuss them.
  Mar 10
Friday
Review "A Grammatical Excursion" before class
Prompt 8 due (bring 3 copies to class)
Spring Break - No Class this Week
Week 10 Mar 20
Monday
Workshop; attendance and preparation for workshop days is strongly recommended
    Mar 22
Wednesday
Workshop
  Mar 24
Friday
Workshop
Week 11 Mar 27
Monday
Workshop
    Mar 29
Wednesday
Workshop
  Mar 31
Friday
Workshop
Week 12 April 3
Monday
Workshop
  April 5
Wednesday
Workshop
  April 7
Friday
Workshop
Week 13 April 10
Monday
Workshop
    April 12
Wednesday
Workshop
  April 14
Friday
Workshop
 Week 15 April 17
Monday
Workshop
 
April 19
Wednesday
Workshop
  April 21
Friday
Workshop
Week 16 April 24
Monday
Read Chapter 13 and Ann Lamott's "Shitty First Drafts" in MM before class
Discuss Portfolio
    April 26
Wednesday
TBA
  April 28
Friday
TBA
Week 17 May 3
Wednesday
Portfolio due in Avery 451 by 5:00 p.m.