Minor

This minor may be undertaken in conjunction with any major at the college; it is not an emphasis within the English major. Required classes for the minor:

Six courses:
CRWR 218: Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry
CRWR 219: Topics in Creative Writing
CRWR 317 or 319: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction or Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
CRWR 317 or 319: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction or Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry*
A writing elective: another 219, 316, 317 or 319
A literature course in any language

*  The advanced course can be repeated in the same genre.

Courses

ENGL 101 Texts and Contexts
Close reading (formal analysis) of texts interpreted in the contexts (e.g., cultural, historical, biographical, economic, political) that shape and are shaped by them. Topics may include the African novel, early American literature, Caribbean literature, Shakespeare on film, the romance, the quest, images of women, 19th century literature, contemporary American fiction, and American Indian literature.

218 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.
Attributes: Appropriate for First-Year, Arts, SINE Elective

219 Topics in Creative Writing
May include memoir, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, biography, novel writing, graphic novel, playwriting, “genre” fiction (e.g., detective, sci-fi), subgenres of poetry (e.g., visual poetry), subgenres of fiction (e.g., Magical Realism), and other forms of non-analytical writing not routinely offered.
Attributes: Arts

316 Advanced Creative Writing: Special Topics
Creative writing at the advanced level in genres other than poetry and fiction.
Prerequisite: introductory course in appropriate genre.

317 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
Writing and discussion of fiction.
Prerequisite: 218 or permission of the instructor.

319 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
Writing and discussion of poetry.
Prerequisite: 218 or permission of the instructor.

337 The Craft of Fiction
This course will closely examine the tools, materials, and specific techniques used to create successful short stories and discuss The Masters as craftsmen (and craftswomen) in their trade. We'll begin with Chekhov and end with contemporaries such as Tobias Wolfe and Lorrie Moore. On the way we'll discuss the likes of Joyce, Fitzgerald, O'Connor, Cheever, and Carver.
Prerequisite: 101. This course is cross-listed as ENGL 337.
Attributes: Post-1800 English Course

338 The Craft of Poetry
Looking mainly at modern and contemporary poetry, we will examine poems from the point of view of the apprentice poet, trying to figure out how the masters did it, and what, specifically, makes a poem succeed. To do so, we'll think about poems in the context in which they were written and the possibilities the poet could have chosen (but did not). There will be a research paper. Among the likely poets: W. H. Auden, Henri Cole, Alan Dugan, Robert Frost, Louise Glück, Robert Hayden, Seamus Heaney, Maxine Kumin, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, W. B. Yeats.
Prerequisite: 101. This course is cross-listed as ENGL 338.
Attributes: Post-1800 English Course