Creative Writing Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


CREATIVE WRITING MINOR

Complete one (1) of the following genre options:

  1. CREATIVE WRITING MINOR - FICTION

    Complete the following 3 requirement(s) for 18 semester hours:

    1. REQUIRED FICTION COURSES

      Complete the following 3 courses for 9 semester hours:

      ENWR 213 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENWR 311 Intermediate Fiction Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENWR 411 Advanced Fiction Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. LITERATURE COURSE IN FICTION

      Complete one ENGL or ENLT course in FICTION from the following:.

      ENGL 235 Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 256 English Novel to 1900 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 262 Art of Fiction (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 301 The Novels of Toni Morrison (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 305 Young Adult Literature (3 hour lecture) 3
      ENGL 336 American Literary Realism (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 337 Modern American Fiction (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 338 Contemporary American Fiction (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 356 Modern British Fiction 1900-1945 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 357 Postwar British Fiction 1946-1990 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 358 Recent British Fiction 1990-Present (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 359 James Joyce (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 456 20th Century English Novel (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENLT 376 Modern European Novel (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENLT 377 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENLT 378 Science Fiction (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. OTHER-THAN-FICTION ELECTIVES

      Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours in genres other than fiction:

      1. (ENWR 250 may be used if the topic is a field of creative writing. See minor advisor for credit adjustment).

        ENWR 205 Creative Nonfiction (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 212 Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 215 Beginning Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 312 Intermediate Poetry Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 318 Intermediate Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 412 Advanced Poetry Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        FILM 230 Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
        THTR 391 Playwriting I (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. 1 of the following may also be used:

        ENFL 310 Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
        FILM 310 Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      3. 1 of the following may also be used:

        ENFL 410 Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
        FILM 410 Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
  2. CREATIVE WRITING MINOR - POETRY

    Complete the following 3 requirement(s) for 18 semester hours:

    1. REQUIRED POETRY COURSES

      Complete the following 3 courses for 9 semester hours:

      ENWR 212 Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENWR 312 Intermediate Poetry Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENWR 412 Advanced Poetry Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. LITERATURE COURSE IN POETRY

      Complete one ENGL or ENLT course in POETRY from the following: .

      ENGL 260 Art of Poetry (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 294 Women Poets (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 324 American Poetry to 1940 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 325 American Poetry: World War II to Present (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 343 Milton (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 344 Chaucer (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 346 19th Century English Romantic Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 364 Contemporary Poetry (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 365 Poetry and Performance (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 444 17th Century English Poetry (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENLT 464 Modern Poetry to T.S. Eliot (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. OTHER-THAN-POETRY ELECTIVES

      Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours in genres other than poetry:

      1. (ENWR 250 may be used if the topic is a field of creative writing. See minor advisor for credit adjustment).

        ENWR 205 Creative Nonfiction (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 213 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 215 Beginning Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 311 Intermediate Fiction Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 318 Intermediate Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        ENWR 411 Advanced Fiction Workshop (3 hours lecture) 3
        FILM 230 Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
        THTR 391 Playwriting I (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. 1 of the following may also be used:

        ENFL 310 Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
        FILM 310 Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      3. 1 of the following may also be used:

        ENFL 410 Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
        FILM 410 Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3

Course Descriptions:

ENFL310: Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effective cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with Art and Design, FILM 310. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and FILM 230.

ENFL410: Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This course is a continuation of Screenwriting I in which each student will work on a major screenwriting project: two one-half hour episodes, an hour long script or a first draft of a feature film. In developing the project, the individual needs of the student will be addressed. Cross listed with Art and Design, FILM 410. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 310 or ENFL 310.

ENGL235: Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature (3 hours lecture)

Students of contemporary Chinese women's literature will analyze specific narrative techniques used in the representation of women in light of the literary inscriptions of place, family, history, gender, sexual politics, nationalism, and transnationalism. Students will examine how these narratives raise questions about Chinese origins, memories, desires and subjectivities in the age of globalization. Our primary focus will be on fiction written by women from mainland China, Taiwan, and Chinese diaspora. Previous course ENLT 235 effective through Winter 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL256: English Novel to 1900 (3 hours lecture)

Form and theme of the English novel through the 18th and 19th centuries, evaluated by literary, social, moral and cultural criteria. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL260: Art of Poetry (3 hours lecture)

An introductory course in reading, interpreting, and evaluating poetry. Attention is paid to style, form, and poetic convention. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL262: Art of Fiction (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to form and techniques in fiction through close reading and discussion of representative texts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL294: Women Poets (3 hours lecture)

Selected poets from Sappho through Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath examined in relation to contemporary women poets. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL301: The Novels of Toni Morrison (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on the fiction of Toni Morrison. Readings will include her published novels (from 1970 to the present), as well as selections from her critical writings. Such matters as the nature of her prose style, developments of her literary reputation, and place within the literary canon will be studied. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL305: Young Adult Literature (3 hour lecture)

Students will read a broad representation of Young Adult fiction and concomitant theoretical essays and critical articles. Students will explore the issues surrounding what youths read, the books taught in our nation's schools, the constructs these texts espouse to their intended audiences and what such works reveal about the socio-cultural contexts within which they were produced. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENGL 206 or ENGL 207 or ENGL 210 or ENGL 234 or ENGL 238 or ENGL 240 or ENGL 241 or ENGL 260 or ENGL 262 or ENGL 263 or ENGL 274 or ENGL 275 or ENGL 294 or ENGL 300 or ENGL 333.

ENGL324: American Poetry to 1940 (3 hours lecture)

American poetry from Poe to Langston Hughes with an emphasis on what makes the American voice unique. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL325: American Poetry: World War II to Present (3 hours lecture)

American poetry beginning with William Carlo Williams and continuing to the present with an emphasis on new attitudes, techniques and contributions to American culture. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL336: American Literary Realism (3 hours lecture)

The works of James, Howells, Twain, Crane, Norris, Dreiser and others are examined in light of the developing literary concepts of realism, naturalism and social Darwinism in the changing cultural period between 1860 and 1900. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL337: Modern American Fiction (3 hours lecture)

American fiction from 1918 to 1945 with attention to the works, criticism and lives of such authors as Hemingway, Faulkner and Fitzgerald. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL338: Contemporary American Fiction (3 hours lecture)

Developments in American fiction since the 1940's with attention to such authors as Mailer, Roth, Nabokov and Vonnegut. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL343: Milton (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the mind and art of Milton. Intensive study of one major work and selections representative of the full range of his achievement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL344: Chaucer (3 hours lecture)

Troilus and Criseyde, The Canterbury Tales and some of the minor poems in Middle English. No previous language training required. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL346: 19th Century English Romantic Literature (3 hours lecture)

The revolutionary expression of such poets and essayists as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Keats, Hazlitt, De Quincey and Lamb. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL356: Modern British Fiction 1900-1945 (3 hours lecture)

In-depth study of representative novels and short stories of the Modernist period in British Literature, 1900-1945. Fiction will be studied in its political, societal, cultural, and aesthetic contexts. Authors read might include Joseph Conrad, D.H.Lawrence, E.M.Forster, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Rebecca West, Katherine Mansfield, and Samuel Beckett. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 and ENWR 106.

ENGL357: Postwar British Fiction 1946-1990 (3 hours lecture)

In-depth study of representative novels and short stories of the post-World War period in British Literature, 1946-1990. Fiction will be studied in its political, societal, cultural, and aesthetic contexts. Authors read might include Graham Greene, Doris Lessing, Kingsley Amis, Samuel Selvon, V.S.Naipaul, John Fowles, Buchi Emecheta, Muriel Spark, Angela Carter. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 and ENWR 106 OR HONP 100 and HONP 101.

ENGL358: Recent British Fiction 1990-Present (3 hours lecture)

In-depth study of representative novels and short stories of the post-Cold War period in British Literature, 1990-present. Fiction will be studied in its political, societal, cultural, and aesthetic contexts. Authors read might include Kiran Desai, Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Irvine Welsh, Salman Rushdie, Colm Toibin, Rohinton Mistry, Pat Barker, Monica Ali. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100; and ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL359: James Joyce (3 hours lecture)

An in-depth study of James Joyce, one of the preeminent novelists of the twentieth century. The course will devote significant time to his long novel Ulysses. Other works including the short story collection Dubliners, the novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the experimental novel Finnegans Wake, as well as Joyce's poetry, drama and critical writings, may also be included. Joyce's work will be studied in the contexts of international modernism, the artist's own life, Irish and British politics, and Joyce's place in literary history. His understanding of religion, gender, sexuality, language, nationalism, empire, the epic tradition, and Irish culture will all be subjects of discussion. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENGL 206 or ENGL 207 or ENGL 234 or ENGL 237 or ENGL 238 or ENGL 240 or ENGL 241 or ENGL 250 or ENGL 256 or ENGL 260 or ENGL 262 or ENGL 263 or ENGL 300.

ENGL364: Contemporary Poetry (3 hours lecture)

Distinctive movements in poetry since the imagists, comparing the diverse styles, themes and poetic theories of representative poets of English-speaking countries. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL365: Poetry and Performance (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the roles of textuality, orality, and performativity in the work of American poets since 1950. Using interdisciplinary approaches, students consider the formal and political functions of poetry as it is performed across different media. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENGL 206 or ENGL 207 or ENGL 210 or ENGL 234 or ENGL 237 or ENGL 238 or ENGL 239 or ENGL 240 or ENGL 241 or ENGL 250 or ENGL 252 or ENGL 260 or ENGL 262 or ENGL 263 or ENGL 274 or ENGL 294 or ENGL 342 or ENFL 208 or ENFL 250 or ENFL 255 or ENWR 205 or ENWR 212 or ENWR 213 or ENWR 215 or ENWR 220 or ENJR 210.

ENGL444: 17th Century English Poetry (3 hours lecture)

The schools of Donne and Jonson and the works of Marvell and Dryden. Milton excluded. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL456: 20th Century English Novel (3 hours lecture)

The literary and cultural context and the stylistic and structural changes in representative British novels of the 20th century. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENLT376: Modern European Novel (3 hours lecture)

The creative expression of such novelists as Gide, Hesse, Kafka, Proust and Woolf as shaped by events of the period 1910 to 1930, and how these works influenced the future of the novel. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENLT377: Speculative Fiction: Fantasy (3 hours lecture)

The impossible and improbable in fairy tales, myth, legend, horror, sword and sorcery, the supernatural and high fantasy as a critical mode. Technological science fiction excluded. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENLT378: Science Fiction (3 hours lecture)

Fiction of the future that speculates and extrapolates from the physical and social sciences, selected from both the classics and contemporary writings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENLT464: Modern Poetry to T.S. Eliot (3 hours lecture)

Works of the French symbolists and the Georgian and imagist poets of Britain, the continent and America whose theories and principles underlie modern poetics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR205: Creative Nonfiction (3 hours lecture)

Advanced writing skills with stress on developing a personal writing style, adapting writing style to various subjects and audiences and experimenting with different modes of exposition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR212: Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to techniques of writing poetry alongside basic instruction in form and prosody. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR213: Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to techniques of writing fiction, with an emphasis on the building blocks of narrative. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR215: Beginning Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to writing and evaluating dramatic dialogue with consideration of the problems of form, characterization and action. Usually students will complete a one-act play. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR311: Intermediate Fiction Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Intermediate practice in techniques of writing fiction, with an emphasis on longer, more complex material. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 213.

ENWR312: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Intermediate practice in writing poetry through reading, workshops, and exercises in form and technique. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 212.

ENWR318: Intermediate Drama Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Intermediate writing of one-act and/or full-length plans with class analysis, conferences, and staged readings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 215.

ENWR411: Advanced Fiction Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Fiction writing with intensive class analyses, individual conferences, and completion of a capstone project. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 311.

ENWR412: Advanced Poetry Workshop (3 hours lecture)

Poetry writing with intensive class analyses, individual conferences, and completion of a capstone project. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 312.

FILM230: Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

An introduction to the art of screenwriting through short writing exercises; analysis of produced screenplays and films along with the completion of a short screenplay. Students will be expected to develop creative as well as technical aspects of the craft. Previous course ARFM 230 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

FILM310: Intermediate Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

The art and craft of writing for the screen will be both studied and practiced. After studying the fundamentals of effective cinematic story construction and dialogue writing, students will be required to write a half hour film script. Cross listed with English, ENFL 310. Previous course ARFM 310 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and FILM 230.

FILM410: Advanced Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This is a more advanced course in which students will work on a major screen writing project of their choosing. Students will have the option to develop and write a senior thesis film, serialized narratives or longer dramas. Particular attention will be paid to honing dramatic structure, visual language and character development. Cross listed with Art and Design, ENFL 410. Previous course ARFM 410 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 310 or ENFL 310.

THTR391: Playwriting I (3 hours lecture)

The creation of an original script suitable for production. The cause to effect play will be investigated as well as newer trends in theatre. Investigation of marketing possibilities and the preparation of scripts for submission. Students should have a background in the technique and artistic aspects of the theatre. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 208 or departmental approval.