Poetry and Fiction Writers' Workshops

SUBMISSIONS FOR SPRING 2015 ARE DUE in LPAC 202 by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24

 GUIDELINES FOR THE POETRY WORKSHOP, ENGLISH 070A:

Students interested in the spring 2015 Poetry Workshop, English 070A, led by Craig Williamson, should submit a brief printed sample of their writing — perhaps 5 poems, no more than 5 pages — to Deborah Doherty in the English Department Office (LPAC 202) no later than Friday, October 24, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Please do not send your submissions via email.

The Poetry Workshop is limited to 12 members. Students who have taken this workshop in previous years are NOT eligible to apply. Students who have taken Grendel's Workshop (070D), Lyric Encounters (070E), or Natural History and Imagination (071H) ARE eligible to apply for both the Poetry Workshop and the Advanced Poetry Workshop.

This is a class in which students write, read, and talk about poetry. We will emphasize the discovery and development of each individual's distinctive poetic voice, imagistic motifs, and thematic concerns, within the context of contemporary poetics. The work will include both free writing assignments and exercises such as writing a riddle poem, a poem about a painting, a point-of-view poem, a sonnet or villanelle, etc. The workshop will meet this spring on Wednesday afternoons from 1:15 to 4:00 p.m. at a place to be announced. Attending a few evening readings on campus may also be required. All workshop students will be required to attend both the fiction prize reading and the poetry prize reading.

The twelve students will be admitted solely on the basis of the writing sample submitted during fall semester. Final decisions about admission to the Workshop will be made by the morning of Monday, November 10, 2014 and will be posted on the bulletin board outside of LPAC 202.

GUIDELINES FOR THE FICTION WRITERS' WORKSHOP, ENGLISH 070B:

Students interested in the Fiction Writers’ Workshop, English 070B, led this year by Betsy Bolton, should submit a writing sample of up to 15 double-spaced pages to Deborah Doherty in the English Department office, LPAC 202, no later than Friday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m. Please do not send your submissions via email.

The Fiction Workshop is limited to 12 members.  Readings and discussion will focus on the basic elements of fiction writing: narrative structure, character creation, dialogue, setting and action, and revision. We will do a lot of writing, with both in- and outside-class exercises and/or writing cues.  Participants are expected to complete two stories for group critique during the semester. The workshop will meet this spring on Wednesday afternoons from 1:15 to 4:00 p.m. Attending a few evening readings on campus is also a mandatory part of the workshop.  All workshop students will be required to attend both the fiction prize reading and the poetry prize reading.

The twelve students will be admitted solely on the basis of a writing sample submitted during fall semester. Final decisions about admission to the workshop will be made by Monday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. and will be posted on the bulletin board outside of LPAC 202.

Students may apply to both of the English Department's creative writing workshops but if accepted to both may enroll in ONLY ONE per semester.