ENG 210 01 Creative Writing Fall 2014
Barry Tomkins 201-360-4682
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Office: I building, 161 Newkirk Street, room I-207-B. Leave mail at I-106 downstairs with a staff member if I am not in my office (201-360-4650)
My office hours: Mondays 4:00- 5:00 pm; Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00; Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30; also before and after class and at other times by appointment. If you want advice, I’ll be glad to help. E-mail queries anytime. (Please note: I don’t accept homework by e-mail unless there’s a very good reason.)
This is an introductory course in creative writing. We’ll be a community of writers exploring several literary forms and (hopefully) having creative fun doing it. There’ll be lots of writing, of course. We’ll also read and discuss interesting works, discover their good qualities and learn from their examples and each other’s insights.
My approach to the process of creative writing is to think of it as two forces struggling for dominion and in the end making something new by combining forces. Think of them as imagination and discipline, energy and order. What is one without the other? Can you see what I mean?
Most weeks, you’ll be working on a writing exercise in class – group or individual – and there are five major assignments for homework, so you will be either creating new work or revising and editing previous submissions throughout the term. You’ll need to make time for writing every week.
We’ll concentrate on writing short fiction and drama, though we will also read poetry. You’ll build up a portfolio of strong and interesting writing.
After taking this course, you should be:
Reading like a writer. (Do writers read differently from those who are only readers?)
Able to analyze and evaluate fiction, drama and poetry using clearly expressed criteria. (What aspects of a piece of writing can you discuss? What makes good...