4 credits • 3 weeks
Introductory and Intermediate Workshops in Creative Writing
The NYU Creative Writing Program is excited to welcome Nicole Sealey and Kamelya Youssef to our faculty this winter, along with our beloved Geoffrey Nutter and Irini Spanidou.
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
Introduction to Prose & Poetry
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
Writing Past the End of the World: Defying the Apocalypse in Prose, Poetry and Hybrid Genre
Introduction to Prose, Poetry, and Hybrid Genre
* Online Workshop *
In this three-week intensive online Intro workshop, we will be exploring the writing of apocalypse in three stages: 1) The befores: the warnings, the anxieties, the prophecies that the world as one knew it was coming to an end; 2) The during: works written through the passing disasters, focusing on documentation, coping, and resistance; 3) Aftermath: with a writer’s eye, we will study works that explore survival, memory, and resurrection. We will engage primarily with poetry and prose, while exploring hybrid works, performance art, and film. Students will write across genres, at times in response to the works, while also immersing themselves in their forms of choice. We will explore artists’ instincts for the apocalypse(s) as we investigate and practice our own. We will consider the relationship between content and form, and learn from our predecessors how to guide our writing into the right forms, and how to let it guide us.
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.
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
CRWRI-UA 816 001, TWRF, 2:00pm-4:55pm
* Online Workshop *
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.
Subversion through Submersion: Intermediate Poetry Workshop
CRWRI-UA 817 001, TWRF, 2:00pm-4:55pm
* Online Workshop *
Subversion through Submersion is a four-credit course during which students will learn how to subvert the conventions of poetry, by first grounding themselves in said conventions. Students will pay close attention to matters of craft, such as prosody, structure, imagery, the line, as well as free and traditional verse. This will be a generative workshop, but also one in which students will hone critical skills through close reading of each other’s work, as well as oral responses to assigned readings.
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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 2021 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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