Please note: enrollment in the Creative Writing workshop is a three step process. Students must:
- download and print a Creative Writing Program questionnaire, complete this and drop it off (hard copy) to Professor Dan Torday’s faculty mailbox in English House by the end of the pre-registration period.
- attend the first meeting of the class. Note: Students applying to 300-level courses without having completed the corresponding 200-level course must submit a writing sample.
This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.
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|MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS||LOCATION||INSTR(S)|
|ARTW B260-001||Writing Short Fiction I||Semester / 1||Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH||Dalton Hall 1||Torday,D.|
|ARTW B261-001||Writing Poetry I||Semester / 1||Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH||English House III||Matthews,A.|
|ARTW B262-001||Playwriting I||Semester / 1||Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T||Dalton Hall 10||Feldman,L.|
|ARTW B265-001||Creative Nonfiction||Semester / 1||Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T||English House II||Liontas,A.|
|ARTW B360-001||Writing Short Fiction II||Semester / 1||Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W||English House III||Torday,D.|
|MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS||LOCATION||INSTR(S)|
|ARTW B159-001||Introduction to Creative Writing||Semester / 1||Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH||Matthews,A.|
|ARTW B260-001||Writing Short Fiction I||Semester / 1||Lecture: Date/Time TBA||Liontas,A.|
|ARTW B264-001||News and Feature Writing||Semester / 1||Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T||Ferrick,T.|
|ARTW B361-001||Writing Poetry II||Semester / 1||Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W||Matthews,A.|
|ARTW B364-001||Longer Fictional Forms||Semester / 1||Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T|
(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)
2017-18 Catalog DataARTW B159 Introduction to Creative Writing
This course is for students who wish to experiment with three genres of creative writing: short fiction, poetry and drama, and techniques specific to each of them. Priority will be given to interested first- and second-year students; additional spaces will be made available to upper-year students with little or no experience in creative writing. Students will write or revise work every week; roughly four weeks each will be devoted to short fiction, poetry, and drama. There will be individual conferences with the instructor to discuss their progress and interests. Half of class time will be spent discussing student work and half will be spent discussing syllabus readings.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B260 Writing Short Fiction I
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
An introduction to fiction writing, focusing on the short story. Students will consider fundamental elements of fiction and the relationship of narrative structure, style, and content, exploring these elements in their own work and in the assigned readings in order to develop an understanding of the range of possibilities open to the fiction writer. Weekly readings and writing exercises are designed to encourage students to explore the material and styles that most interest them, and to push their fiction to a new level of craft, so that over the semester their writing becomes clearer, more controlled, and more absorbing.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B261 Writing Poetry I
In this course students will learn to "read like a writer," while grappling with the work of accomplished poets, and providing substantive commentary on peers' work. Through diverse readings, students will examine craft strategies at work in both formal and free verse poems, such as diction, metaphor, imagery, lineation, metrical patterns, irony, and syntax. The course will cover shaping forms (such as elegy and pastoral) as well as given forms, such as the sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, etc. Students will discuss strategies for conveying the literal meaning of a poem (e.g., through sensory description and clear, compelling language) and the concealed meaning of a text (e.g., through metaphor, imagery, meter, irony, and shifts in diction and syntax). By the end of the course, students will have generated new material, shaped and revised draft poems, and significantly grown as writers by experimenting with various aspects of craft.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B262 Playwriting I
An introduction to playwriting through a combination of reading assignments, writing exercises, discussions about craft and ultimately the creation of a complete one-act play. Students will work to discover and develop their own unique voices as they learn the technical aspects of the craft of playwriting. Short writing assignments will complement each reading assignment. The final assignment will be to write an original one-act play.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B263 Writing Memoir I
Not offered 2017-18
The purpose of this course is to provide students with practical experience in writing about the events, places and people of their own lives in the form of memoir. Emphasis will be placed on open-ended investigation into what we think we know (about ourselves and others) and how we think we came to know it. In addition to writing memoir of their own, and workshop discussions, students will also read and discuss works by writers such as Montaigne, Hazlitt, Freud, H.D., J.R. Ackerley, Georges Perec, and more contemporary writing by writers such as Akeel Bilgrami, Elif Batuman, Emily Witt, Lawrence Jackson. Although little mention will be made of the master narratives of American memoir--Christian redemption, confession, captivity, and slavery--the class will consistently struggle to come to terms with their foundational legacy in American life and letters.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B264 News and Feature Writing
Students in this class will learn how to develop, report, write, edit and revise a variety of news stories, beginning with the basics of reporting and writing the news and advancing to longer-form stories, including personality profiles, news features and trend stories, and concluding with point-of-view journalism (columns, criticism, reported essays). The course will focus heavily on work published in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. Several working journalists will participate as guest speakers to explain their craft. Students will write stories that will be posted on the class blog, the English House Gazette.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B265 Creative Nonfiction
This course will explore the literary expressions of nonfiction writing by focusing on the skills, process and craft techniques necessary to the generation and revision of literary nonfiction. Using the information-gathering tools of a journalist, the analytical tools of an essayist and the technical tools of a fiction writer, students will produce pieces that will incorporate both factual information and first person experience. Readings will include a broad group of writers ranging from E.B. White to Anne Carson, George Orwell to David Foster Wallace, Joan Didion to James Baldwin, among many others.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B266 Screenwriting
Not offered 2017-18
An introduction to screenwriting. Issues basic to the art of storytelling in film will be addressed and analyzed: character, dramatic structure, theme, setting, image, sound. The course focuses on the film adaptation; readings include novels, screenplays, and short stories. Films adapted from the readings will be screened. In the course of the semester, students will be expected to outline and complete the first act of an adapted screenplay of their own.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film StudiesARTW B269 Writing for Children
Not offered 2017-18
In this course, students have the opportunity to hone the craft of writing for children and young adults. Through reading, in-class discussion, peer review of student work, and private conferences with the instructor, we will examine the specific requirements of the picture book, the middle-grade novel, and the young adult novel. This analytical study of classic and contemporary literature will inspire and inform students' creative work in all aspects of storytelling, including character development, plotting, world building, voice, tone, and the roles of illustration and page composition in story narration.
Critical Interpretation (CI)ARTW B360 Writing Short Fiction II
An exploration of approaches to writing short fiction designed to strengthen skills of experienced student writers as practitioners and critics. Requires writing at least five pages each week, workshopping student pieces, and reading texts ranging from realist stories to metafictional experiments and one-page stories to the short novella, to explore how writers can work within tight confines. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or work demonstrating equivalent expertise in writing short fiction. Students without the ARTW B260, must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.ARTW B361 Writing Poetry II
This course assumes that reading and writing are inextricably linked, and that the only way to write intelligent and interesting poetry is to read as much of it as possible. Writing assignments will be closely connected to syllabus reading, including an anthology prepared by the instructor, and may include working in forms such as ekphrastic poems (i.e. poems about works of visual art or sculpture), dramatic monologues, prose poems, translations, imitations and parodies. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B261 or work demonstrating equivalent familiarity with the basic forms of poetry in English. For students without ARTW B261, a writing sample of 5-7 poems must be submitted to the instructor to be considered for this course.ARTW B362 Playwriting II
Not offered 2017-18
This course challenges students of playwriting to further develop their unique voices and improve their technical skills in writing for the stage. We will examine how great playwrights captivate a live audience through their mastery of character, story and structure. Through a combination of weekly reading assignments, playwriting exercises, theater explorations, artist-driven feedback, and discussions of craft, this class will facilitate each student's completion of an original, full-length play. Prerequisite: ARTW 262; or suitable experience in directing, acting or playwriting; or submission of a work sample of 10 pages of dialogue. All students must complete the Creative Writing preregistration questionnaire during preregistration to be considered for the course.ARTW B364 Longer Fictional Forms
An advanced workshop for students with a strong background in fiction writing who want to write longer works: the long short story, novella and novel. Students will write intensively, and complete a long story, novel or novella (or combination thereof) totaling up to 20,000 words. Students will examine the craft of their work and of published prose. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or proof of interest and ability. For students without ARTW B260, students must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.ARTW B365 Creative Nonfiction II
Not offered 2017-18
An exploration of approaches to writing personal essays and lyric essays designed to strengthen skills of experienced student essayists as practitioners and critics. Requires writing at least five pages each week, workshopping student essays, and reading texts ranging from long personal essays to book-length essays, to explore how writers can work within the broader parameters of the long essay. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B265 or work demonstrating equivalent expertise in writing personal and lyric essays. Students without the ARTW B265, must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (nonfiction prose) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.
Course does not meet an ApproachARTW B403 Supervised Work
Students who have had a Creative Writing Major approved through the Independent Major Program will work with a member of the Creative Writing Program faculty on a semester-long 403 (Independent Study) as a final project their senior year. Highly qualified Creative Writing minors and concentrators may petition the program to complete an independent study, subject to the availability of faculty to supervise such projects.ARTW B403 Supervised Work
Students who have had a Creative Writing Major approved through the Independent Major Program will work with a member of the Creative Writing Program faculty on a semester-long 403 (Independent Study) as a final project their senior year. Highly qualified Creative Writing minors and concentrators may petition the program to complete an independent study, subject to the availability of faculty to supervise such projects.