Course Descriptions

(A range of courses is offered each semester) 

EG 280 — INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING                                                 3 HRS
This course introduces students to some of the processes and techniques of creative writing in multiple genres. Students learn some of the elements of poetry, fiction, and drama, and experiment with writing in those genres. Class readings expose students to various writing styles, and provide examples of the successes and strategies of other writers. Students learn some of the basics of workshop, including how to respond to writing in different genres, and aspects of reading and discussing texts as a writer. Class time is devoted to sharing student work, discussing the writer's craft and assigned readings, and responding to student writing. 

EG 383 — FICTION WRITING                                                                                                 3 HRS 

This course provides an intensive focus on fiction as a genre. Student learn elements of fiction including characterization, narration, dialogue, and plot. Students produce a portfolio of shorter writing prompts, as well as original short fiction and flash fiction. The course provides more directed instruction in process- and genre-oriented workshopping. Students read and discuss contemporary short fiction, write prose exercises and their own original short stories, and learn about and participate in workshopping.

EG 385POETRY WRITING                                                                                                 3 HRS
This workshop-oriented class focuses on the craft and process of poetry writing from a poem's initial draft to its advanced revision. Class readings familiarize students with traditional and free verse forms, current writing styles, and aesthetic issues. The course provides more directed instruction in process- and genre-oriented workshopping. Class time is devoted to discussing the poet's craft, assigned readings, and student writing.

EG 583 — ADVANCED FICTION WRITING                                                                 3 HRS

Designed to build upon basic story-crafting techniques covered in EG 383, this course surveys story and narrative techniques of literary movements such as Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. Writers learn the history and tenets of several genres of short fiction such as horror, love story, and magical realism to see how techniques from those genres can inform their own contemporary fiction. The course introduces students to a variety of critical modes for workshopping, and provides opportunity to practice and develop critical vocabulary in fiction. Class time is devoted to instruction in the movements and genres and to discussing elements of craft, readings, and student writing.

EG 585ADVANCED POETRY WRITING                                                                 3 HRS
Designed to build upon basic poetry writing techniques covered in EG 385, this course surveys poetry and poetry writing modes, such as narrative, lyric, confessional, and meditative modes. Students learn the modes of poetry writing to see how these approaches can inform their own creative work. Students create, revise, and compile into a portfolio several of their own original poems. The course introduces students to a variety of critical modes for workshopping, and provides opportunity to practice and develop critical vocabulary in poetry. Class time is devoted to discussing elements of craft, readings, and student writing.

EG 587TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING                                                                 3 HRS

This course is designed to provide focused instruction on a range of topics in Creative Writing, including specific genres, traditions, or themes. Recent examples include genres such as Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, and Screenwriting. Other topics might include Novel Writing, The Long Story and Novella, Flash Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism, Narrative Poetry, Comedy Writing, Science and Nature Writing, or Writing Trauma. Students will receive instruction in critical modes for workshopping. Class time will be devoted to discussing readings and writings in the topic.

EG 587TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING: PLAYWRITING & SCREENWRITING       3 HRS
This workshop-oriented class focuses on the craft and process of playwriting from a play’s initial draft to its advanced revision and performance. Likewise, for screenwriting the class focuses on the craft and process from the screenplay’s initial draft to its eventual pitch for filming. Students write short stage and screen plays. Class readings demonstrate classical and modern forms, current writing styles, and issues relating to forms and aesthetics. Class time is devoted to discussing craft, analyzing the assigned readings, and critiquing student writing. As time permits, the class also conducts script-in-hand productions of selected class stage plays.

EG 588STUDIES IN CREATIVE WRITING                                                             

This course is designed to provide directed studies in particular aspects of creative writing and literary publishing.

EG 588STUDIES IN CREATIVE WRITING: SEMINAR IN LITERARY MAGAZINE    3 HRS
In this production-oriented class, students learn to work as an editorial staff to publish a new issue of the national literary magazine, Flint Hills Review. Students learn about independent and small press publishing, and how to identify and connect with literary arts communities as a working editor. All students learn to review manuscripts, performances, and published works. The course provides hands-on training in all aspects of the magazine, from initial manuscript selection to the production of the print copy. Class discussions and selected readings center on traditions and theories regarding the history and production of the literary magazine.

EG 589 — INTERNSHIP/FIELD STUDIES IN CREATIVE WRITING                              1-3 HRS

This course is designed to provide undergraduate creative writers, particularly students minoring in Creative Writing, with applied learning experiences such as internships, field studies, and professionalization activities in creative writing and literary arts. Students are placed in writing and publishing opportunities in literary arts and community engagement.

Individual field studies and internships are aligned with larger questions of literary citizenship with a goal of helping all students to gain greater knowledge and skills for working within and advocating for the literary arts. The credit hours are determined by the instructor of the course as appropriate to the activities of the internship or field study.

EG 680UNDERGRADUATE SEMINAR IN CREATIVE WRITING                             3 HRS
Designed as a capstone for the Creative Writing minor, but open to other students by permission, this course provides opportunity for each student to design an individual writing project supported by readings and research. In consultation with the professor, each student designs a project and creates a contract for completing that project. Students plan, generate, develop, and revise their own writing projects or manuscripts in genres and topics of their choosing. To support the writing, each student engages in directed readings of primary and secondary source material relative to the individual project. As part of the final project, students are encouraged to engage in professionalization activities as suit their needs and interests, such as writing cover letters and submitting writing for publication or peer review. The course requires students to practice a variety of critical modes in written critiques and workshopping. Weekly class workshops support students’ writings and provide opportunities to practice and develop critical modes in a range of genres and styles. Regular conferencing with the professor offers instruction for the project and provides opportunities to discuss and develop readings and research. Each student compiles and submits the final writing project, which includes a bibliography of primary and secondary readings.

EG 780GRADUATE SEMINAR IN CREATIVE WRITING                                         3 HRS
This course is open to all graduate students interested in producing a creative manuscript in any genre or a combination of genres. It is especially recommended for graduate students who intend to produce a Creative Writing thesis for the MA in English. In consultation with the professor, each student designs a project and creates a contract for completing that project. Projects include prospectus statements and abstracts. Students plan, generate, develop, and revise their own writing projects or manuscripts in genres and topics of their choosing. To support the writing, each student engages in directed readings of primary and secondary source material and learns how to integrate it into a critical foreword for the Creative Writing thesis. As part of the final project, students are encouraged to engage in professionalization activities as suit their needs and interests, such as writing cover letters and submitting writing for publication or peer review. The course requires students to practice a variety of critical modes in written critiques and workshopping. Weekly class workshops support students’ writings and provide opportunities to practice and develop critical modes in a range of genres and styles. Regular conferencing with the professor offers instruction for the project and provides opportunities to discuss and develop readings and research. Each student compiles and submits the final writing project, which includes a bibliography of primary and secondary readings.

EG 783 — ADVANCED FICTION WRITING                                                                 3 HRS

Designed to provide graduate creative writers with historical context for literary movements and genres, this course surveys story and narrative techniques of literary movements such as Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. Writers learn the history and tenets of several genres of short fiction, such as horror, love story, and magical realism, to see how techniques from those genres can inform their own contemporary fiction. The course introduces students to a variety of critical modes for workshopping, and provides opportunity to practice and develop critical vocabulary in fiction. Class time is devoted to instruction in the movements and genres and to discussing elements of craft, readings, and student writing. The course helps graduate students who are preparing Creative Writing thesis manuscripts or other projects to contexualize their writing and research within traditions and innovations of literary movements and genres.

EG 785 — ADVANCED POETRY WRITING                                                                 3 HRS

Designed to help graduate creative writers build upon basic poetry writing techniques and to advance their poetic craft, this course surveys poetry and poetry writing modes, such as narrative, lyric, confessional, and meditative modes. Students learn the modes of poetry writing to see how these approaches can inform their own creative work. The course introduces students to a variety of critical modes for workshopping, and provides opportunity to practice and develop critical vocabulary in poetry. Students create, revise, and compile into a portfolio several of their own original poems. Poems are critiqued in open class workshops and by the instructor. Texts include an instructional and inspirational text with writing exercises, poetry theory handouts, and readings of modern and contemporary poetry. The course helps graduate students who are preparing Creative Writing thesis manuscripts or other projects to contexualize their writing and research within a range of poetic modes and claims for poetry.

EG 787TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING                                                                 3 HRS

This course is designed to provide focused instruction on a range of topics in Creative Writing, including specific genres, traditions, or themes. The course is open to all graduate students, but particularly seeks to align readings, research, and student writing in the topic area with the goals of graduate students who are preparing Creative Writing thesis manuscripts or other projects. Topics might include genres such as Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, and Screenwriting. Other topics might include Novel Writing, The Long Story and Novella, Flash Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism, Narrative Poetry, Comedy Writing, or Science and Nature Writing, or Writing Trauma. The course helps graduate students who are preparing Creative Writing thesis manuscripts or other projects to contexualize their writing and research within the traditions, innovations, and scholarly discussion of a thematic topic or genre of writing.

EG 787 — TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING: PLAYWRITING & SCREENWRITING                  3 HRS

This workshop-oriented class introduces graduate students to the craft and process of playwriting from a play’s initial draft to its advanced revision and performance. Likewise, for screenwriting the class focuses on the craft and process from the screenplay’s initial draft to its eventual pitch for filming. Students write short stage and screen plays. Class readings demonstrate classical and modern forms, current writing styles, and issues relating to forms and aesthetics. Class time is devoted to discussing craft, analyzing the assigned readings, and critiquing student writing. When time permits, the class also conducts script-in-hand productions of selected class stage plays.

EG 788 — STUDIES IN CREATIVE WRITING                                                                          3 HRS
This course is designed to provide graduate creative writers with directed studies in particular aspects of creative writing and literary publishing.

EG 788STUDIES IN CREATIVE WRITING: SEMINAR IN LITERARY MAGAZINE    3 HRS
In this production-oriented class, students learn to work as an editorial staff to publish a new issue of the national literary magazine, Flint Hills Review. The course is open to all graduate students, but particularly seeks to align activities with graduate creative writers’ areas of writing and research, and their professional goals in writing, editing, and literary arts. Students learn about independent and small press publishing, and how to identify and connect with literary arts communities as a working editor. All students learn to review manuscripts, performances, and published works. The course provides hands-on training in all aspects of the magazine, from initial manuscript selection to the production of the print copy. Class discussions and selected readings center on traditions and theories regarding the history and production of the literary magazine.

EG 789 — INTERNSHIP/FIELD STUDY IN CREATIVE WRITING                                 1-3 HOURS

This variable credit course is designed to provide graduate creative writers with academic supervision and rigor for applied learning experiences, particularly internships, field studies, and professionalization activities in creative writing and literary arts. The course is open to all graduate students, but particularly seeks to align activities with graduate creative writers’ areas of writing and research, and their professional goals in writing, editing, and literary arts. Students undertake individual field studies and internships and learn about literary citizenship to develop knowledge and skills for working within and advocating for the literary arts. The credit hours for the course are determined by the instructor of the course as appropriate to the activities of the internship or field study.

EG 790XACREATIVE 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 provides an understanding of how the teaching of creative writing works: how to do it, how to access it, and how to talk about it critically. Students also learn how to use creative writing pedagogy in other areas of teaching. Online readings and discussion provide grounding in relevant theories related to creative writing pedagogy. Examining trade- and text-edition creative writing books enables students to perceive a range of methods for how creative writing is taught and which methods correspond well to academic settings. Examining academic journals relevant to pedagogy and creative writing help prepare students for engagement in academic professions. To apply what they have learned, students compile a professional materials and a unit plan for teaching creative writing in current or future contexts. 

EG 899 — THESIS, M.A.                                                                                             1-3 HOURS

This course is designed as a rigorous academic and professional mentorship for students who intend to produce a Creative Writing MA thesis. Graduate students who wish to produce a Creative Writing MA thesis are encouraged to enroll in thesis hours throughout their time in the MA program in English. The Creative Writing thesis includes a critical foreword and a manuscript of original writing. A student enrolled in thesis hours can expect to conduct research and to write substantially on the thesis topic as supervised by the major professor/thesis director. A student can also expect to work directly with the thesis director on the generation, development, and revision of the creative manuscript. As part of the academic and creative writing process with the thesis director/faculty mentor, students may also develop materials for peer review, presentation, and publication.