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C W 101 : Introduction to Creative Writing

Prerequisites: None
Description: The creative writing process. Exercises in writing poetry, fiction, and dramatic scripts. Selected readings of exemplary stories, poems, and plays. Open to all students.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 301 : Fundamentals of Creative Writing

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor.
Description: Practice in writing poetry, fiction, and plays. Required for majors.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 302 : Fundamentals of Creative Reading

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Enrollment limited to creative writing majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor. Students learn to read like writers through lecture-discussion and reading assignments. Submerges the student in literature and asserts the importance of reading.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 465 : Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with MGS/CWL 465. For description see MGS 465. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 497 : Modern Greek Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with MGS 497. For course description, see MGS 497. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

C W 506 : The Business of Creative Writing

Prerequisites: C W 101 or C W 301 with a grade of C or better. Enrollment limited to CW majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor.
Description: Covers agents, corporate and small publishing houses, E-publishing, markets, publicity, etc. Students write letters to agents/editors, press releases for book tours, and several short papers. Paired with C W 806. Students who have completed C W 806 may not take C W 506 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 507 : Writing on the Body

Prerequisites: C W 101 or C W 301 and upper division standing.
Description: Concerns themes of human sexuality and gender in their psychological, social, political, moral, and aesthetic dimensions, combined with personal experience and personal expression. Sexual values are examined through artistic expression and analysis of expressive works.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 508 : Introduction to Environmental Literature

Prerequisites: Second year composition with a grade of C- or better; major in creative writing, liberal studies, or environmental studies with a concentration in humanities and the environment.
Description: Exploration of the history of contemporary environmental literature; examination of questions of environmental stability and change, environmental justice, human connections to the non-human world and biological studies to discover connections between nature and writing.
Units: 3

C W 510 : The Creative Process

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Class examines creative process, emphasizing techniques, style, and structure. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

C W 510 : American Poetics

Prerequisites: C W 301 or consent of instructor.
Description: The uses of American poetics to help students recognize and articulate the concerns of their own writing as well as reading. Emerson's call, Whitman's answer, then Dickinson, Pound, Williams, Stein, Olson, Ginsberg, and Rich, with a comparison of the poems and the poetics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

C W 510 : Beat Poets in the American Poetry Archive

Prerequisites: C W 301 with a grade of C or better. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors, or by consent of instructor.
Description: Viewing Poetry Center Archives videos of poets associated with the Beat movement and analyzing their poetic contributions.
Units: 3

C W 510 : Characterization

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better.
Description: A close study of how character is created and used in fiction, by a selection of major writers. A very brief survey of the history of "characterology" and an examination of the phenomenon of "uniqueness" and "universality." Lecture and discussion.
Units: 3

C W 510 : Introduction to Narrative

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better.
Description: Lecture and discussion based on selected readings in modern narrative fiction, with emphasis on cause and effect relationships in technique. How does narrative work? What makes different narratives work differently? Subjects of critical writing assignments determined in consultation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 510 : Investigating Voice

Prerequisites: CW 301 or 101 with a C grade or better; CW majors only.
Description: Students respond critically and creatively to the use of voice in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by the Language poets, and others investigating authenticity, performativity, and the origins of voice.
Units: 3

C W 510 : Nature Poetry

Prerequisites: CW 301.
Description: The work of twelve 20th century American poets who grapple with their personal, political, and spiritual relationship to nature.
Units: 3

C W 510 : Personal Narrative

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with a grade of C or better.
Description: A study of the problems involved in using personal experience as metaphor.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 510 : Rhythms of Poetry

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better.
Description: Explores both traditional and contemporary rhythms in poetry in English. Students write poems in different rhythmic patterns, memorize and recite poems from different patterns, and compose and recite a poem which has never been written down.
Units: 3

C W 510 : Style in Fiction

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better.
Description: A study of prose style in 20th century fiction by British and American writers. Focus on the uses of voice in creating prose style and the process of development in prose style as a response to the subject matter.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 510 : The Poetics of Place

Prerequisites: CW 301 or 101 with a C grade or better; CW majors only.
Description: Examination of poetry grounded in specific geographical locations, asking how place can both contain and release poetic imagination. Poets to be studied may include Snyder, Dubiago, and Neidecker.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 510 : The Short-Short Story

Prerequisites: C W 403 or consent of instructor.
Description: The short-short story as a discrete genre with its own peculiar demands, a literary form with the unity and wholeness of a poem, short story, or novel. Student works are discussed in a workshop format.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 511 GW : Craft of Poetry - GWAR

Prerequisites: Creative writing major; ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; CW 301 or equivalent.
Description: Focus on basic craft elements of poetry: diction, imagery, rhythm, voice and form. Close readings of published poetry. Creative and critical writing. (ABC/NC only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 512 GW : Craft of Fiction - GWAR

Prerequisites: Creative writing major; ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; C W 301 or equivalent.
Description: Focus on basic craft elements of fiction: plot, dialogue, character, point of view and place. Discussion of student and professional writing. (ABC/NC only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 513 GW : Craft of Playwriting - GWAR

Prerequisites: Creative writing major; ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; CW 301 or equivalent.
Description: Focus on basic craft elements of playwriting: scene, story, dialogue, character, and conflict. Discussion of student and professional writing. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 514 : Contemporary World Poetry

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor.
Description: Study of techniques and craft in a wide selection of contemporary poetry from various cultures and nations. Paired with C W 814. Students who have completed C W 514 may not take 814 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 520 : Writers on Writing

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Faculty and visiting writers representing a range of styles and subjects read from their works and discuss their creative process with students. Open to all students. Paired with C W 820. Students who have completed C W 520 may not take C W 820 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 550 : Poetry Center Workshop

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or C W 301 or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary poetic theory and practice as exemplified by the Poetry Center reading series. Attendance at readings and written critical study of the work of visiting poets. Open to all students. Paired with C W 850. Students who have completed C W 550 may not take C W 850 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 600 : Special Topics in Writing

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Intensive study of a particular area in poetry, fiction, or playwriting. Writing projects in area of study. May be repeated when topics vary. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

C W 600 : Journal Writing as a Source for Creative Writing

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better.
Description: A writing course which teaches students how to use the journal as a writer's notebook, both as a tool for discipline and for experimentation. The journal form as a literary form is also used to create texts of poetry and prose. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 600 : The Uses of Personal Experience

Prerequisites: C W 301 or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines one of the fundamental problems for writers: what is the difference between the purely personal and a finished work of art. Studies the "I" point of view, self-mythologizing, historical contexts, and exemplary personal narratives for guides to enlarge our personal material.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 600 : Women's Workshop

Prerequisites: C W 301 or with grade of C or better.
Description: Explores the influences of women's sexual identity on the process of learning to write poetry. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 601 : Work in Progress

Prerequisites: Senior standing in creative writing.
Description: Capstone course for seniors in which undergraduate final project is completed.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 602 : Playwriting

Prerequisites: CW major or consent of instructor; CW 301 & CW 511, or CW 512 or CW 513.
Description: Writing and analysis of plays. Discussion of problems such as craft, aspects of voice, form, characterization, and dialogue. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 603 : Short Story Writing

Prerequisites: C W 301 and C W 511 or 512 or 513. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor.
Description: Writing and analysis of short fiction in a workshop setting. Lectures on craft, reading for development, and story development. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 604 : Poetry Writing

Prerequisites: C W 301 and C W 511 or 512 or 513. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors.
Description: Writing and analysis of poetry in a workshop setting. Emphasis on poetic form, style, voice, the line, as well as rhyme, rhythm, meter, imagery and metaphor. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 605 : Writing and Performing Monologues

Prerequisites: CW 301 & CW 511 or 512 or 513 (for TH A majors TH A 130).
Description: Cross listed with TH A 605. For course description, see TH A 605. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 609 : Directed Writing for B.A. Students

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Apply to instructor during semester prior to desired enrollment. Preference given to majors. Individual conferences to direct the student's project in one of the creative writing forms. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 640 : Transfer Literary Magazine

Prerequisites: C W 301 and either C W 403, C W 404, C W 405, or consent of instructor.
Description: Selection of original work for an undergraduate literary magazine. Book reviews, interviews, design, production, and distribution. May be used to fulfill 3 units of the creative process requirement.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 675 : Community Projects in Literature

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with a grade of C or better; major in creative writing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Students use their writing skills by doing internships with community literary organizations. Paired with C W 875. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult Bulletin index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Creative Writing

Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduate standing in creative writing and approval of chair. Grade of C or better in course in which student will be aide.
Description: Students are placed with a creative writing faculty member in a supervised practicum/internship experience where they explore the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching creative writing. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Under exceptional circumstances upper division students may enroll for special work under the supervision of a member of the Creative Writing faculty.
Units: 1-3

C W 785 : Graduate Projects in the Teaching of Creative Writing

Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in the course or its equivalent in which the student will be an aide; classified graduate standing in C W; consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised practicum/internship experience with a creative writing faculty member; exploration of theoretical and practical aspects of teaching creative writing; practice in leading group discussions and tutoring. MFA students may apply a total of 9 units toward degree; MA students may apply no more than 3 units toward degree.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 803 : Advanced Short Story Writing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Writing short stories, emphasizing the development of the student's creative and critical abilities. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 804 : Advanced Poetry Writing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Writing poetry with emphasis on analysis of student work and growth of critical abilities. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 806 : The Business of Creative Writing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see C W 506. Graduate students write a longer research paper and organize panel discussions. Paired with C W 506. Students who have completed C W 506 may not take C W 806 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 807 : Developing the Novel

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Writing workshop for students in the early phases of writing a novel.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 808 : Novel Writing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing and C W 807, or consent of instructor.
Description: Writing and analysis of longer forms of fiction. Personal consultations. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 809 : Directed Writing for Graduate Students

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing and consent of instructor.
Description: Apply to instructor during the semester prior to desired enrollment. Through individual conferences the student is directed in a project in one of the forms of creative writing. May be repeated for a total of 9 units. Students may register for different genres concurrently.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 810 : Seminar in the Creative Process

Prerequisites: classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Class examines creative process, emphasizing techniques, style, and structure. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Units: 3-6

C W 810 : Art of Narrative

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Emphasis upon fiction as an art form and the writer's concern with the process of narration. Studying the novel, novella, and short story, the student is encouraged to formulate personal definitions of narrative and its demands upon the individual talent.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 810 : Autobiography

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: A study of the process involved in transforming the facts of personal experience into autobiographical forms.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Building Characters

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: In this creative process course in playwriting, students learn how to design characters who are polar opposites.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Centering on Language

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Study of the new movement in poetry known locally as the "Language Poets," whose work stems from theories of structural linguistics and whose theories favor a non-narrative, "non-referential" use of language.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Characterization

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: A close study of how character is created and used in fiction, by a selection of major writers. A very brief survey of the history of "characterology" and an examination of the phenomenon of "uniqueness" and "universality."
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 810 : Contemporary Non-fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary non-fiction includes: autobiography/memoir, essays, and informal history. Crucial to contemporary non-fiction is voice. Students discover and/or refine a personal voice, explore the abundance of exciting material in the non-fiction world, and analyze the technique of established writers.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 810 : Craft of Poetry

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Intensive reading of selected poetry with primary focus upon familiarizing students with basic technical "vocabulary" of metrics and figurative language. How do a rich variety of successful poems achieve their ends? Lecture, discussion, critical writing assignments.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Documentary Poetics

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing, MA/MFA CW, or consent of the instructor.
Description: Critical and creative response to poetry that foregrounds documentation, on subjects from illness to war to the environment. Poets studied may include Rukeyser, Reznikoff, and Hall.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Experimental Fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: An investigation of pieces of fiction deliberately intended to extend, redefine, or violate traditional narrative models.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 810 : Law in Literature

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: This creative process course delves into the intersection between law and literature, with particular focus on American law, its frustrations, its triumphs, but above all - its human dimensions and its moral issues.
Units: 3

C W 810 : New York School Poetry

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MA/MFA CW, or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of poetry works of John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, among others; art movements associated with the NY School and their relation to Personism, Abstract Lyric, and French Oulipo.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Nonfiction: Moral Issues

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in M.A. English: Creative Writing, or the M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
Description: A study of the work of writers who explore spiritual and moral issues in their non-fiction. Various moral and ethical issues that arise in literary writing will be addressed.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Oral Poetics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in M.A. English: Creative Writing, or the M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
Description: Investigation of traditional oral poetics, modern oral poetics, and theories related to orality.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 810 : Plays: Reading/Viewing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Lecture and discussion of selected plays read and viewed in performance; exploration of the craft of the playwright, asking always by what methods, simple and mysterious, the writer accomplishes his/her purpose.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

C W 810 : Poetry of Trauma

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing, MA/MFA CW, or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of various poets' treatments of public and personal traumas including war, cultural repression, and the loss of loved ones.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Prose Writers in the Archives

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Viewing Poetry Center Archive videos of major prose writers, reading from their work, and discussing their creative process.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Rhythms of Poetry

Prerequisites: Cllassified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Explores both traditional and contemporary rhythms in English poetry. Students write poems in different rhythmic patterns, memorize and recite poems from different patterns, and compose and recite a poem which has never been written down.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Style in Fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: A study of prose style in 20th century fiction by British and American writers. Focus on the uses of voice in creating prose style and the process of development in prose style as a response to the subject matter.
Units: 3

C W 810 : The Mask: Persona Poem

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MA/MFA CW, or consent of instructor.
Description: Reading of poems and personae-driven collections; investigation of some strategies involved in employing this device.
Units: 3

C W 810 : The Novella

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in M.A. English: Creative Writing, or the M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
Description: The novella and the long story: comparing the scope and structure with that of the short story on the one hand and the novel on the other.
Units: 3

C W 810 : The Poetics of Extremity

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MA/MFA CW, or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that grapples with extreme mental states; investigation of formal strategies and issues of choice and necessity in the writing.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 810 : The Prose Poem

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: An investigation of metaphorical writing in non-verse forms, and of the theories of composition relating to this kind of writing.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 810 : Uses of Time in Narrative

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Students investigate through reading and discussion how writers use narrative time in fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir, with the aim of inspiring their own individual voices and material.
Units: 3

C W 810 : Visions of Childhood

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: The experiences of childhood and early adolescence as reflected in examples of modern biographical writing, some current traditionally conceived novels, and several imaginative fictional extensions based upon insights into childhood and children's feelings.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 810 : What the Body Knows

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Literary works by poets, fiction writers, and playwrights who have written on a particular subject matter: the human body.
Units: 3

C W 814 : Contemporary World Poetry

Prerequisites: C W 301 or C W 101 with grade of C or better. Enrollment limited to creative writing majors; non-majors admitted with consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see C W 514. Paired with C W 514. Students who have completed C W 814 may not take 514 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 820 : Writers on Writing

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see C W 520. Creative and/or critical projects required. Paired with C W 520. Students who have completed C W 820 may not take C W 520 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 825 : Playwright's Theatre Workshop

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Projects designed to give playwrights opportunities to refine their craft through workshops, rehearsals, readings, and dramaturgical assignments. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 840 : Fourteen Hills Literary Magazine

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing M.A. or M.F.A., or consent of instructor.
Description: Editing and publishing Fourteen Hills, the graduate literary magazine of the Creative Writing Department. Selection of material, design, production, and distribution. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 850 : Poetry Center Workshop

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see C W 550. Paired with C W 550. Students who have completed C W 850 may not take C W 550 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 852 : MFA Workshop in Creative Nonfiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in MFA creative writing; priority enrollment given to MFA creative nonfiction students; open to other MFA genre and MA creative nonfiction students only on a space available basis, to be determined at the first class meeting.
Description: Creation and revision of original creative nonfiction to a finished, publishable state. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 853 : M.F.A. Workshop in Fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Students are expected to concentrate on revision of fiction, on bringing work to a finished, publishable state. Emphasizes the short story. May be repeated for a total of 18 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 854 : M.F.A. Workshop in Poetry

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Students are expected to concentrate on revision of poetry, on bringing work to a finished, publishable state. May be repeated for a total of 18 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 855 : M.F.A. Workshop in Playwriting

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Students are expected to concentrate on revision of a play, on bringing work to a finished state, ready for production. May be repeated for a total of 18 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 856 : M.F.A. Workshop in Short Plays

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Students write a series of five-minute plays, ten-minute plays, and a one-act play that may be presented in conjunction with TH A 661. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 859 : Practicum in Teaching

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MA/MFA CW, or consent of instructor
Description: Pedagogical grounding for pragmatic classroom teaching work and structure in which to work with undergraduates, under the supervision of experienced faculty and in collaboration with other graduate students.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 860 : Teaching Creative Writing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical and practical aspects of teaching creative writing. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 866 : Craft of Translation

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Literary translation: the art and craft of translation. Students familiarize themselves with the best models and develop skills in their own translation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 875 : Community Projects in Literature

Prerequisites: Classified creative writing graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CW 675. For course description, see CW 675. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 880 : M.F.A. Craft and Process Tutorial in Fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Class examines creative process, emphasizing techniques, style, and structure. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 18 units when topics vary.
Units: 3

C W 880 : Creative Nonfiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW, or consent of instructor.
Description: Read and analyze works by writers of fictionalized nonfiction; focus on the true or semi-true story that shuttles between the world of fact and possibility. Generative writing exercises provided to stimulate new work.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 880 : Discovery and Development

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: The revision process of selected published writers; means of generating original material; elements of craft and technique, sharpening each writer's understanding of the tools the genre offers.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 880 : Earning Dramatic Emotion: Fulfilling Intent through Narrative Technique

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA Creative Writing.
Description: Master narrative techniques related to fulfilling dramatic intent to be achieved through in-class writing exercises, narrative craft reading and writing assignments, and student presentations on craft related to rendering emotion.
Units: 3

C W 880 : Individual Vision: Fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Students discuss highly individualistic novels, chosen for style, structure, and literary merit. Analysis of content is combined with an analysis of how and where the craft could be useful beyond the novel in question.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 880 : The Art of Short Fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: A close, in-depth reading and study of contemporary short story techniques as seen in other published writers. Writing assignments geared to focus on key aspects of the author's art.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 880 : The Art of Subtext in Fiction

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in MFA Creative Writing.
Description: Study of how literary fiction writers employ illusive craft elements to point toward the unspoken. Analyzing texts for the relationship between surface and subtext, responding to texts, generating rich new fiction.
Units: 3

C W 880 : The Displaced Person

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Explores the human personality in a state of alienation. Study of literary works in which the individual is exiled by class, age, sexuality, politics, or psychiatric disorder.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

C W 880 : The Poetics of Narrative

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW or consent of instructor.
Description: Examine narrative theory by writers including Barthes, Bahktin, Propp, Cixous, and Todorov and apply the reading to contemporary novels, with a view toward informing students' own writing.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 880 : The Real Thing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: The nature of creative authenticity: sets out to locate, in the finest work of great fiction writers, the nexus, vision, voice, and style of text. Examination of works of contemporary American and Canadian writers at their peaks, using creative assignments to explore our most urgent material and most honest, original voices.
Units: 3

C W 880 : Writing in its Public Context

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: All fiction touches on social concerns, but some works focus specifically on events and issues. How is our public world filtered through personal vision, and what strategies have writers used to reflect and comment on that world?
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 880 : Writing into Dailyness

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in creative writing MFA program, or consent of instructor.
Description: An investigation of the aesthetics of dailyness as a source of material for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry/prose poems. An analysis of how writers use daily material in art, and how this informs tone, style, narrative, and form.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 881 : M.F.A. Craft and Process Tutorial in Poetry

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Class examines creative process, emphasizing techniques, style, and structure. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 18 units when topics vary.
Units: 3

C W 881 : Contemporary US Poets & History

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW, or consent of instructor.
Description: How do poets use personal and collective history? Explore the use of tools like found text,appropriated materials, and formal experimentation to strengthen student poems.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 881 : Imagining the Book

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of models for poetry book structuring from diverse fields such as architecture, textile, cartography, geology, physics, biology; attempt to think through constructing our own ideal manuscripts.
Units: 3

C W 881 : Individual Vision: Poetry

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the work of contemporary poets whose styles and voices achieve a distinctive vision.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 881 : Kinship and Community

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in CW MFA, or consent of instructor.
Description: How have books of contemporary poets used their families and communities as source material? Explore ways poets mine kin and community experience to create original work.
Units: 3

C W 881 : Literary Mapping: Mixed-Genre Place-Based Literature

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in M.F.A. Creative Writing.
Description: Exploration of the ways in which writers map the world around them; writers as cartographers, transcribers, journalists, and designers; techniques for charting the landscapes and cultures known and imagined.
Units: 3

C W 881 : Open Work: The Long Poem

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: A study of the various manifestations of the long poem from modernist to current American poetry--with attendant implications for the theoretical, technical, and aesthetic prompts that engage the poet in the process of generating new, sustained work.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 881 : Poems From Nature

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW or consent of instructor.
Description: Through poems, close readings, and critical writing, students will discover new ways to incorporate land, landscape, the environment or other manifestations of the natural world into poems.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

C W 881 : Poetics of Indeterminacy

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines ways a wide range of poets deals with the unknown, chance, mystery, and the indeterminate in poetry. Through close examination of the poets' work, essays, and ideas, discovery is made of how a group of very different poets work in this chaotic, troublesome, and wondrous terrain.
Units: 3

C W 881 : Poetics of Listening

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW or consent of instructor.
Description: Examine theories of listening, sound art, aural, etc., composition methods, recording and using soundscape in poetry. Focus on listening, practice and development of audio compositions, broadcasts or other audio work.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C W 881 : Poetry Machines

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on methods and procedures of writing poetry. Areas of study include Dada, Futurism, Surrealism, Constructivism, Zaum, French Oulipo, Conceptualism, Proceduralism, Language Poetry and Flarf.
Units: 3

C W 881 : Poets and Their Thinkers

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing MFA CW or consent of instructor.
Description: Influence of artists and others on contemporary poetry: Cezanne and William James on Gertrude Stein; Confucius and the Chinese ideogram on Ezra Pound. Students explore influences on their own poetry.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

C W 881 : The Lyric Documentary

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA Creative Writing.
Description: Study and analysis of numerous forms and approaches to the lyric documentary. Examination of how various writers and artists use documentary techniques to produce dynamic, lyrical work.
Units: 3

C W 881 : Translate and Transpose

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in CW MFA or consent of instructor.
Description: Readings of creative translations, from poetry and cross disciplines, used to stimulate students in creative translation projects, to be presented with supplementary materials and work-shopped in a group.
Units: 3

C W 882 : M.F.A. Craft and Process Tutorial in Playwriting

Prerequisites: classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Class examines creative process, emphasizing techniques, style, and structure. May be repeated for a total of 18 units when topics vary.
Units: 3

C W 882 : Adapting for the Stage

Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing in MFA Creative Writing or consent of Instructor.
Description: Process class to study the ways playwrights have used existing material, from poems to short stories, novels to other plays, as the basis for the creation of new plays.
Units: 3

C W 882 : Architectonics of Plays

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing or consent of instructor.
Description: Creative Process class that examines the relationship between the architectonics and the content of a play. Examines contemporary plays as well as writing outside the dramatic tradition.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C W 882 : Contemporary American Playwrights

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in Creative Writing MFA program or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the work of selected contemporary American playwrights to study how they are engaged with the notion of "America."
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

C W 882 : Plays and Politics

Prerequisites: Classified status in Creative Writing MFA program or consent of instructor.
Description: Close reading of contemporary playwrights, discussion and analysis of strategies writers employ in creating a "political" play. Examination of the relationship between art and politics in shaping character, action and theme.
Units: 3

C W 893 : Written M.F.A. Creative Work

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and major adviser; approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) for the Master of Arts in English: Creative Writing and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3-6

C W 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: A special study is planned, developed, and completed under direction of a faculty member. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition (form available in department office).
Units: 1-3
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