Monday, April 05, 2010

Course Description Fall 2010

8C:001 Creative Writing Studio Workshop

Sec. 0014 W 12:30-2:20 221 NH

This course is about making stuff. It’s about making stuff from not-stuff. Really, it’s about the work we do to make our not-stuff, stuff. And this course is definitely about finding the best kind of not-stuff/stuff work for you (poetry stuff, fiction stuff, non-fiction stuff). We will read stuff, good stuff, and wonder aloud on how it gained its stuffiness. We will wonder how this stuff could have been other stuff. We will conjure up our own not-stuff and wonder aloud on its stuffiness potential. We will work on all this stuff. Making not-stuff into stuff is hard. Making not-stuff into good stuff is real hard. This class will be real hard. But, you will make good stuff.

Required texts (available at Prairie Lights Books):

Zachary Schomburg, Scary, No Scary, 978-0-9777709-9-1

Kate Greenstreet, The Last 4 Things, 978-1-934103-09-8

12 x 12: Conversations in 21st-Century Poetry and Poetics: 978-1587297915

Michael Chabon: Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son: 978-0061490194

Best American Non-Required Reading: 978-0547241609

James Tate: Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee: 978-1933517353

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