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Creative Writing Program


Course Descriptions

(NOT ALL COURSES OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER) 

EG 280 Introduction to Creative Writing
This class will introduce students to the process and techniques of creative writing. Students will experiment with various types of writing, including the writing of fiction and poetry. Class readings will expose students to various writing styles and provide examples of the successes and strategies of other writers. Class time will be spent discussing the writer's craft, the assigned readings, and student writing. 

EG 380 Fiction Writing
Through writing exercises, students in this course will learn to craft dialogue, scene, memory, and detail.  By applying these skills, students will write several short stories throughout the semester, each developing particular aspects of prose fiction.  Students should expect to read and discuss contemporary short fiction, to write prose exercises and their own original short stories, and to learn about and participate in workshopping. 

EG 385 Poetry Writing
This workshop-oriented class will focus on the craft and process of poetry writing from a poet's initial draft to its advanced revision.  Class readings will help to make students familiar with traditional and free verse forms, current writing styles, and aesthetic issues.  Class time will be spent discussing the poet's craft, the assigned readings, and student writing.

EG 580 Advanced Fiction Writing
Designed to build upon basic story-crafting techniques covered in EG 380, this course surveys story and narrative techniques of literary movements such as Realism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism.  Writers learn the genres of short fiction, such as romance, horror, science fiction, and magical realism, to see how techniques from those genres can inform their own contemporary fiction.  Writers create, revise, and compile into a portfolio several of their own original stories.  Stories are critiqued in open class workshops.

EG 585 Advanced Poetry Writing
Designed to build upon basic poetry writing techniques covered in EG 385, this course surverys poetry and poetry writing modes, such as narrative, lyric, confessional, and meditative modes.  Writers learn the modes of poetry writing to see how these approaches can inform their own creative work.  Writers create, revise, and compile into a portfolio several of their own original poems.  Poems are critiqued in open class workshops

EG 587 Topics in Creative Writing: Comedy Writing
This class introduces students to the fundamentals of comedy, from its classic models to its most modern applications, with the aim of enabling students to do two things: first, to write and perform (or to have performed by proxy) and original comic piece, live, at the end of the semester, and second, to be able to write comedy for specified occasions and performers. Writing exercises and stand-up delivery will train students in comedic technique. Analyses of filmed, written, and audio-recorded comedy will provide the context and background for the students' own original creative work.

EG 587 Topics in Creative Writing: Playwriting

This workshop-oriented class will focus on the craft and process of playwriting from a play's initial draft to its advanced revision and performance. One class goal will be for students to write one act and full length plays. Class readings will help make students familiar with traditional and experimental forms, current writing styles and aesthetic issues. Class time will be spend discussing the playwright's craft, the assigned readings, and student writing. Time permitting, the class will also conduct staged readings of class plays.

EG 588 Seminar in the Literary Magazine
This class focuses on the production of the literary magazine, Flint Hills Review. Students produce the magazine, receiving hands-on training from initial manuscript selection to the production of the print copy. Students also become familiar with the latest technology used to generate the page layout and camera-ready copy. Class discussions and selected readings  center on traditions and theories regarding the history and production of the literary magazine.

EG 588 Studies in Creative Writing: Script Writing
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EG 594 American Nature Writing

American Nature Writing will attempt to understand the role of nature and wilderness in the American literary landscape in terms of ethos, logos, and topos.  Readings will represent perspectives ranging from the Romantic concept of immersion, to the contemporary ecological criticism, to notions of homeland.  Readings will include classics such as Thoreau's Walden, as well as contemporary writings by authors such as Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, Rich Bass, Wes Jackson, and WIlliam Least Heat Moon.  To shape their own sense of connection to place in the literal and literary American landscape, students will take several field trips to natural areas in Kansas.  Walking discussion groups will be made available throughout the semester.

EG 680 Undergraduate Seminar in Creative Writing

This course challenges writers to expand their knowledge and writing styles by compiling and revising the work they have generated in previous creative writing classes into publishable quality.  The course provides students with directed readings in material relevant to their writing projects.  Students revise and edit work for a final portfolio.

EG 780 Seminar in Creative Writing
This dynamic workshop-style seminar designed for graduate students and advanced creative writing minors (fiction writers, poets, nonfiction writers) will focus on advancing a writer's self-consciousness about craft and on movements of contemporary writing. While much of the class focus will be on providing informed criticism of student writing, students will also be responsible for developing writing projects of their own choosing, for participating in and leading class discussions, and for making presentations on selected contemporary authors and aesthetic issues. 

EG 790XA Creative Writing Pedagogy

This course is designed for those who are already teaching in public schools, or who desire to teach at community college or university level in the future.  The course seeks to provide an understanding of how the teaching of creative writing works: how to do it, how to access it, and how to talk about what you do.  Students will also learn how to use creative writing pedagogy in other areas of teaching.  Online readings and discussion will supply students with grounding in relevant theories related to creative writing pedagogy.  Examining trade- and text-edition creative writing books will enable students to perceive a range of methods for how creative writing is taught and which methods correspond best to academic settings.  Examining academic journals relevant to pedagogy and creative writing will help prepare students for engagement in academic professions.  To apply what they have learned, students will compile materials and documents for teaching creative writing in their current classrooms or for potential teaching placement in the future.  Six-week class starting 6/1/09.  Internet Life Long Learning.  Three hours credit.
 

Selected Literature Offerings Fulfilling C.W. Minor:

EG 540 Modern American Poetry

This course will survey modern American poetry.  Quizzes, essays, and exams will be given.  Class discussion is key.  Emphasis will be placed on the legacies groups of American poets pass on to the next generation, such as the legacy made by the high modernist writers that continues to influence the work of poets today.  Some writers likely to be included: Stevens, Loy, Williams, Pound, Eliot, HD, Moore, Stein, Frost, Cummings, McKay, Hughes, Tolson, Millay, Crane, Bishop, Kunitz, Rukeyser, Berryman, Stafford, Brooks, Levertov, O'Hara, Ginsberg, Ashbery, Kinnell, Merwin, Sexton, Rich, Plath, and Snyder.

EG 540 Nature and Wilderness in American Literature
This class examines the themes and textual representations of "Nature" and "Wilderness" in the American Literary Tradition.  Discussion will focus on defining America's Nature Writing tradition, its recurring ideologies and oppositions, the changing perceptions toward the environment, and the interrelationships between texts and authors.  This course also seeks to make students familiar with ecocriticism and its application in the reading of both literary and cultural products.  Students will also come to understand the interdisciplinary focus of ecological and environmental studies.

EG 540 American Short Story
This course surveys American short fiction, its history, and development from Romanticism to Post-Modernism.  Students will read a number of short stories each week, as well as critical and historical overviews.  The stories will be discussed in class with the aim of more fully understanding why the short story has developed as it has, and how the short story as it exists today may be critically understood.  It will also be our purpose to understand how both an author's role in the work and the publishing industry of the era may affect the short story and its development.

EG 594 Twentieth-Century Poetry
This upper-level seminar explores the development of twentieth-century poetry through the major works of its distinct and diverse practitioners.  Class discussions and presentations will focus on how various formal, cultural, and social issues gave rise to major movements, theories, and aesthetic principles. 

EG 794 Seminar in Literary Genres: Twentieth-Century Poetry
This student-oriented seminar explores the development of twentieth-century poetry from Imagism to contemporary lyricism. A significant aspect of the class will be to assess the relationship between Modernist and Post-Modernist poetic works. Student discussions and presentations will focus on how various formal, cultural, and social issues gave rise to major movements, theories, and aesthetic issues.