4 credits • 3 weeks
Introductory and Intermediate Workshops in Creative Writing
The NYU Creative Writing Program is excited to have Javier Zamora and Angelo Nikolopoulos 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
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is the author of Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017) and his poems appear in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times, and others. Zamora has received many honors, including an NEA fellowship, the 2016 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the 2017 Lannan Literary Fellowship, and the 2017 Narrative Prize. Most recently he was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Harlem where he’s working on his memoir and second collection of poems.
The intermediate workshops offer budding prose writers and poets an opportunity to continue their pursuit of writing through workshops that focus on a specific genre. The workshops also integrate in-depth craft discussions and extensive outside reading to deepen students’ understanding of the genre and broaden their knowledge of the evolution of literary forms and techniques. Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 815, OR CRWRI-UA 818, OR CRWRI-UA 9818, OR CRWRI-UA 9828, OR CRWRI-UA 820, OR CRWRI-UA 860 or equivalent. 4 points. Ask about prerequisite waivers at email@example.com.
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.
CRWRI-UA 817 001 Intermediate Poetry Workshop: The Poetry of Confession
Angelo Nikolopoulos, TWRF, 2:00pm-4:55pm
The Poetry of Confession is a four-credit course designed to introduce you to the poets of the Confessional School (such as Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton), as well as the impact and influence of the Confessionals as seen in the work of poets like Sharon Olds, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, and other contemporary writers. Through close reading and discussions, we will examine how confessional writing intersects with the Beats and Allen Ginsberg, feminism, sexuality, and counterculture. We will write poems and personal narratives inspired by the poets we study and also experiment with how we share personal narratives on the page and beyond (via the internet and social media).
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 2020 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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