Attentive Resistance

ENGL210 Introduction to Creative Writing

Course Calendar


Week One – Attentive Resistance

 M 01.28          Introduction & Goals for the Semester “Forgotten Dialect of the Heart” by Jack Gilbert

W01.30          Reading: “Fear of Poetry” by Muriel Rukeyser; “Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies” by Mark Yakich

Week Two – Establishing Poetic Language

M 02.04          Reading: Danez Smith, “Dinosaurs in the Hood,” H.D., “Sheltered Garden,”; “Rhetoric, Poetics, and Poetry” by Jonathan Culler

Writing:First Poem due

W 02.06          Reading: Marilyn Chin, “Millenium, Six Songs,” Gwendolyn Brooks, “kitchenette building”

Writing: Edits of first poems for student workshop

Week Three – Imagery & Action

M 02.11          Reading: Kaveh Akbar, “Ways to Harm a Thing”; “Poem [“Lana Turner has collapsed”] & “Having a Coke with You,” Frank O’Hara

Writing: Second Poem due; First Poetry Response due

W 02.13          Workshop of Student Poems

Week Four – Visionary Company

 M 02.18 No class

W 02.20          Reading: Elizabeth Bishop, “The Fish,” Solmaz Sharif, “Look,” Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “Don’t Let that Horse”

Writing: Third Poem due

Week Five – Speaker & Voice

M 02.25          Reading: Lydia Davis, “A Position at the University,” “Possibilities” by Wislawa Szymborska; Eileen Myles, “Peanut Butter”

Writing: Second Poetry Response due

W 02.27          Workshop of Student Poems

Writing: Fourth Poem due

Week SixSound & Form

M 03.04          Reading: Carmen Giménez Smith, “Twenty-Two Poem Hacks”, Patrick Rosal “Typhoon Poem”; Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool,” Lydia Davis, “A Mown Lawn”

Writing: Third Poetry Response due

W 03.06          Reading: Douglas Kearney, “Every Hard Rapper’s Father Ever: Father of the Year,” Molly Peacock, “Altruism”

Writing: Fifth Poem due


Week Seven

M 03.11          Reading: Henry James, “The Art of Fiction,” Julio Cortázar, “Instructions on How to Cry,” selection of Franz Kafka parables, Julia Alvarez, “Snow”

Writing: Write a short paragraph describing an object without using adjectives;

                        First fiction response due

W 03.13          Reading: Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” Anton Chekhov,  “The Lady with the Dog”

Writing: Flash Fiction due

Week Eight

M 03. 18         Reading: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Thing Around Your Neck,” Christos Ikonomou, “Piece by Piece They’re Taking My World Away”

Writing: Write a word-for-word transcription (no-editing) of a conversation you overhear; Second fiction response due

W 03.20          Reading: Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue,” Junot Díaz, “Fiesta 1980”

Writing: English to English Translation

Week Nine

M 03.25          Student Conferences Reading: Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Interpreter of Maladies,” Carmen Maria Machado “The Husband Stitch”

Writing: Write a conversation between two people where both of their moods change dramatically from beginning to end (happy to sad, angry to devastated…)

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story

W 03.27          Student Conferences Reading: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, “The Hospital Where”

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story

Week Ten

M 04.01          Reading: Anne Carson, “1=1”

Writing: Third fiction response due

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story

W 04.03          Reading: Ursula K. LeGuin “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story


Week Eleven 

M 04.08          Reading: Monologues from Henrik Ibsen,A Doll’s House& Sophocles, Antigone, Writing: One-page monologue

W 04.10          Reading: Scenes from Suzan Lori-Parks,Topdog Underdog & Federico García Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba

Writing: First drama response due

Week Twelve

 M 04.15          Reading: Scenes from Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Writing: A scene where two characters are trying to get something from the other person without telling them explicitly what they want.

W 04.17          Reading: Scenes from Tony Kushner, Angels in America

Second drama response due

Small group workshop

Week Thirteen

M 04.20-04.28 Spring Recess

 Week Fourteen

M 04.29          Reading: Annie Baker, The Flick

Writing: Third drama response due

Small group workshop

W 05.01          Reading: Annie Baker, The Flick (cont.)

In class presentation of students’ edited scenes

Week Fifteen

M 05.06          Final Student Workshop

W 05.08          Final Student Workshop

Week Sixteen

M 05.13          Final Student Workshop

Revision / Portfolio

W 05.15 Last day of classes  Revision / Portfolio

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