ENGL 210: Introduction to Creative Writing

Attentive Resistance Fall 2019

Course Calendar

Note: This calendar is subject to change. I will provide you with updates via email and in class, but it is your responsibility to follow them.


08/27   Introduction; Goals for the Semester; Poems about poetry (Bukowski, Moore, Oppen)

08/29   Reading: “Fear of Poetry” by Muriel Rukeyser; “Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies” by Mark Yakich

 09/03   Reading: Danez Smith, “Dinosaurs in the Hood,” H.D., “Sheltered Garden,”; “Rhetoric, Poetics, and Poetry” by Jonathan Culler

Writing: First Poem due

09/05   No classes scheduled

09/10   Reading: Gwendolyn Brooks, “kitchenette building”

Writing: Edits of first poems for student workshop

09/12   Reading: Kaveh Akbar, “Ways to Harm a Thing”; “Poem [“Lana Turner has collapsed”] & “Having a Coke with You,” Frank O’Hara

Writing: Second Poem due

09/17   Workshop of Student Poems

Writing: First Poetry Response due

09/19   Reading: Elizabeth Bishop, “The Fish,” Solmaz Sharif, “Look,” Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “Don’t Let that Horse”

Writing: Third Poem due

09/24   Reading: Lydia Davis, “A Position at the University,” “Possibilities” by Wislawa Szymborska; Eileen Myles, “Peanut Butter”

Writing: Edits of Third Poem

09/26   Workshop of Student Poems

Writing: Fourth Poem due Friday 09/28

10/01   No classes scheduled; Second poetry response due

10/03   Reading: Carmen Giménez Smith, “Twenty-Two Poem Hacks”, Patrick Rosal, “Typhoon Poem”;

Writing: Comments on classmate’s Fourth Poem

10/08   No classes scheduled; Edits to Fourth Poem due on blog

10/10   Reading: Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool,” Lydia Davis, “A Mown Lawn,”Douglas Kearney, “Every Hard Rapper’s Father Ever: Father of the Year”

Writing: Fifth Poem due 


10/15   Reading: Henry James, “The Art of Fiction,” Julio Cortázar, “Instructions on How to Cry,” selection of Franz Kafka parables

Writing: Workshop strongest poem; Write a short paragraph describing an object without using adjectives

10/17   Reading: Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”; Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”

Writing: Third Poetry Response due; In-class English to English Translation

10/22   Reading: Anton Chekhov, “The Lady with the Dog”

Writing: Flash Fiction due

10/24   Reading: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Thing Around Your Neck,”

Writing: First fiction response due; Write a word-for-word transcription (no-editing) of a conversation you overhear

10/29   Student Conferences; Reading: Carmen Maria Machado “The Husband Stitch”

Writing: Write a conversation between two people where both of their moods change dramatically from beginning to end (happy to sad, angry to devastated…)

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story

10/31   Student Conferences Reading: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, “The Hospital Where”

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story

11/05   Writing: Second fiction response due

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story

11/07   Reading: Ursula K. LeGuin “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Student Workshop of 3-5 page story


11/12   Reading: Excerpt from The Necessity of Theater

            Writing: In-class writing exercises

11/14   Reading: Stage directions from Suzan Lori-Parks, Topdog Underdog; Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun, andSamuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Writing: One-page monologue 

11/19   Reading: Monologues from Sophocles, Antigone & Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House

Writing: First drama response due

11/21   Reading: Annie Baker, The Flick

Writing: A scene where two characters are trying to get something from the other person without telling them explicitly what they want.

Small group workshop

11/26   Reading: Annie Baker, The Flick

Writing: Second drama response due

In class presentation of students’ edited scenes

11/28   No classes scheduled

12/03   Final Student Workshop

12/05   Final Student Workshop

12/10   Final Student Workshop

12/12   Last day of classes Revision / Portfolio

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