The Creative Writing Program offers introductory and intermediate writing workshops throughout the summer.
Our summer writing workshops are open to NYU and visiting students, and are held in various locations on NYU's Greenwich Village campus. NYU students may register for the summer term via Albert starting in February 2020. Visiting students should refer to the Summer in NYC website for registration information and instructions. High school students should consult the NYU Precollege website to learn more about our precollege offerings.
SUMMER 2020 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Summer Session I: May 26 - July 5, 2020
Summer Session II: July 6 - August 16, 2020
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2020 COURSE OFFERINGS
CRWRI-UA 815 Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction and Poetry (Multiple Sections)
No prerequisite. 4 points.
The popular introductory 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.
Summer Session I
Summer Session II
(For High School Students)
We offer one precollege section of CRWRI-UA 815 Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction & Poetry (Section 60 ) meeting Tues/Thurs 1:30-4:40 during Summer Session II. Please visit the NYU Precollege website for more information and application instructions.
Both of these courses offer an opportunity to continue the pursuit of writing at the intermediate level. Integrate in-depth craft discussions and extensive outside reading to deepen students' understanding of their chosen genre and broaden their knowledge of the evolution of literary forms and techniques.
* All Intermediate Workshops are offered in Summer Session II (July 6-Aug 16, 2020) *
CRWRI-UA 816 001 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Instructor: Emily X.R. Pan
Oscar Wilde said: “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” Controversial words, to be sure, but at the heart of this is the idea that a story should have that special fire that sparks anew every time we return to it. What is the magic that brings a sentence to life, or makes a passage ache in our bones? How do we create the alchemy of pages that demand to be turned and characters we can’t bear to leave? In this class we will examine and reverse engineer the elements that resonate with us in published works of fiction. We’ll talk about structure, fleshing out characters, world-building, stylistic decisions, and anything else that shapes the vehicle to deliver the strongest story. Equally important will be the actual workshopping: Students are encouraged to arrive at the beginning of the course with projects in mind, and may submit fiction of any genre in the form of short stories or novel chapters. The purpose of these workshops is not only to produce new work and practice implementing things from our craft conversations, but also to sharpen our editorial instincts. In constructively critiquing the work of others we become stronger writers ourselves. (This class is focused on narrative prose, but experimentation within that form is welcome.) Finally, we will talk about building a disciplined writing practice, as well as the business end: working towards publication, and the process of finding a literary agent.
CRWRI-UA 825 Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Instructor: Susan Shapiro
Art and Audience: Crafting the Publishable Narrative. Many publications like The New York Times, The New Yorker and Atlantic online, Lithub, Tin House, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Narratively, Oprah.com, Teenvogue, Esquire and Marie Claire are all surprisingly open to publish literary nonfiction by new young writers. Many short essays lead to interest in memoirs from literary agents and editors. This exciting 6-week course, taught by a seasoned essayist and memoirist, will focus on reading and writing the type of short narratives that current editors are looking for. By the end of the class, students will have workshopped 3 finished essays aimed at specific publications. Guest speakers will include top editors.
CRWRI-UA 817 001 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Instructor: Alex Dimitrov
The page is a space of transformation and invention. We will begin our class by taking Jack Spicer’s “Poetry as Magic” workshop questionnaire (which he employed in the Bay area in the 1950s) and learn about our ethics as poets while diving into the unconscious. How does one write about the self by looking at the world and away from the self? Is the imagination the most personal yet unknowable thing we have? In what ways do identity and personal history fit within our human narrative? By looking at poets writing today and those of the New York School, San Francisco Renaissance, the Confessionals, and the Language School, we will discuss how repetition, pacing, and drastic leaps may be used as incantatory and revelatory writing devices which create meaning by offering mystery. We will experiment and create as much out of chance as out of order. Class will be structured around discussing your poems, generative exercises, and further discussions regarding craft, poetics and historical texts.