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Creative Writing: Masters of Fine Arts in English Courses - Fall 2011

Poetry Writing Courses

  • ENWR 5310 Advanced Poetry Writing

    1700-1930 R - BRYAN 233

    Restricted to Instructor Permission

    Instructor: Paul Guest

    For students advanced beyond the level of ENWR 3310. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading.  Interested students should submit an application for the class to Paul Guest, pmg4w@virginia.edu.  Please send an e-mail that includes your full name, UVA e-mail address, academic year, and prior academic classes or other experience in poetry.  Attach a single MS Word or text document that contains 4-6 sample poems.  Students can simultaneously submit applications to the poetry writing classes.  The instructor will periodically add students to the class on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • ENWR 7310 Advanced Poetry Writing

    1400-1630 M - CABELL 331

    Restricted to Instructor Permission

    Instructor: Gregory Orr

    A once-weekly workshop that will focus on the discussion of student poems, craft issues, and exemplary poems by contemporary poets. Admission by PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR ONLY. For more details on the course, see Professor Orr.

Fiction Writing Courses

  • ENWR 7610 Fiction Writing, section 0002

    1500-1830 M - BRYAN 330

    Restricted to Instructor Permission

    Instructor: Christopher Tilghman

    A fiction workshop restricted to MFA students.

Related Courses

  • ENSP 5559 The Poetic Voice

    1100-1330 T - BRYAN 233
    Restricted to Instructor Permission

    Instructor: Debra Nystrom

    Seamus Heaney suggests that poetic voice is something “like a fingerprint, possessing a constant and unique signature.”  Robert Pinsky has said that “the voice of poetry is essential because of its unique place between silence and speech.” “The poet is obliged to let his or her audience know exactly where he or she is coming from,” says Etheridge Knight, so that “the breath of the poet and the people come together via the poem, and this common breathing, from deep in the belly, causes a common motion, a common movement, a common Dance.”  According to Carol Muske, “what takes place in a poem is a kind of conversion process… the reader finally ‘becomes’ the voice speaking the poem.”  In this course we will examine the work and thinking of these and a number of other poets, as we explore the question of what we mean when we use the term “Poetic Voice.”  Requirements will include the writing of both poems and essays, a class presentation, and attendance at several poetry readings.    INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION is REQUIRED.  To be considered for this class, please contact me (dln8u@virginia.edu) by mid-August, letting me know your name, year, email address, and previous poetry/ creative writing courses.  Space will be limited; I’ll post and email the class list a day or two before the semester begins.

  • ENSP 5910 Literary Editing & Desktop Publishing

    1830-2100 T - BRYAN 203

    Instructor: Jeb Livingood

    This course introduces students to editing and producing a literary publication, both as they create an independent design project and as they assist in the production of Meridian, a nationally-distributed literary magazine.  Students design a book-length (32 pages or more) publication using Adobe’s InDesign desktop publishing software, and then deliver a hard copy through print-on-demand. Students must be willing to pay $10 to $20 in print-on-demand fees and mailing costs in addition to textbooks.

    To apply for the class, register on the course’s permission list in SIS, explaining your reasons for wanting to take the class and your experience with literature (especially creative writing courses and editing or magazine experience). Then e-mail a sample of your writing (3-5 pages of poetry or 6-12 of prose to jsl9z@virginia.edu. Preference will be given to MFA students, but there will be spaces reserved for other graduate students and upper-level undergraduates.