4 Credits, 3 weeks
January 2-19, 2018
The NYU Creative Writing Program is excited to have Morgan Parker and Rickey Laurentiis joining our faculty this winter, along with Geoffrey Nutter and Irini Spanidou.
Introduction to Fiction & Poetry
This workshop offers an exciting introduction to the basic elements of poetry and fiction—with in-class writing, take-home reading and writing assignments, and substantive discussions of craft. The course is structured as a workshop, which means that students will receive feedback from their instructor and their fellow writers in a roundtable setting, and should be prepared to offer their classmates responses to their work. No prerequisite. 4 points.
CRWRI-UA 815.001: TWRF, 2:00pm-4:55pm
Geoffrey Nutter is the author of four books of poems: The Rose of January, Christopher Sunset, Water's Leaves & Other Poems, and Summer Evening. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Carnet de Route, Verse, Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Fence, Xantippe, Best American Poetry 1997, and Iowa Anthology of New American Poetry. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize.
CRWRI-UA 815. 002: TWRF, 2:00pm-4:55pm
Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), which was selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Parker received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her poetry and essays have been published and anthologized in numerous publications, including The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times, and The Nation. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel in New York. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius, and she lives in Los Angeles.
CRWRI-UA 815.003: TWRF, 2:00pm-4:55pm
Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn (Pitt Poetry Series, 2015), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery award. It was named one of the top ten debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers Magazine and a top 16 best poetry books by Buzzfeed, among other distinctions. Individual poems have appeared widely, including Boston Review, Feminist Studies, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, New Republic, The New York Times, and Poetry; have been anthologized in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers Speak of Palestine, Bettering American Poetry, and Prospect.3’s art catalogue Notes for Now. His poems have been translated into Arabic, Spanish and Ukrainian.
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
The intermediate workshop offers budding fiction writers an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the genre and broaden their knowledge of the evolution of literary forms and techniques. Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 816, OR CRWRI-UA 818, OR CRWRI-UA 9818, OR CRWRI-UA 9828, OR CRWRI-UA 820, OR CRWRI-UA 860 or equivalent. 4 points.
CRWRI-UA 816 001 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Irini Spanidou, TWRF, 2:00pm-4:55pm
The emphasis of this course is on the discovery, encouragement and development of each student's individual voice. The focus is not on theory of craft but on each case in point. Whatever works is right: a story that fulfills its intentions justifies its means. Rather than forcing a piece of writing into formulaic “perfection,” the aim is to facilitate its clarity and momentum, and to bring out its truth, enabling the work to achieve a cohesive, organic whole—a structure as unique as the voice that engenders it.
Questions about studying creative writing during the January Term?
For general January Term questions, including those related to visiting student eligibility and registration, please contact the Office of University Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-4433). Please contact the Creative Writing Program (email@example.com) with any academic questions about the Creative Writing Program’s January Term 2018 offerings or questions about prerequisite waivers, etc.
We hope you'll consider one of our writing workshops in your January plans, and also share with any friends who might be interested. We look forward to answering any questions you might have, and hope to see you soon.
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