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Amaranth C. Borsuk
BISIA 310
Bothell Campus

Creative Writing: Poetry

Intensive study of the theories and practices of writing poetry.

Class description

Intensive study of the theories and practices of writing poetry.

Student learning goals

To experiment with language.

To get a sense of some of the conversations happening in poetry right now.

To consider multiple ways of being "personal" in writing.

To see the act of writing as historically and socially situated and think about why we write the way we write.

To observe the impact of performance on our experience and understanding of poems.

General method of instruction

Large and small group discussion, an occasional micro-lecture, and group presentations. The instructor creates weekly experiments for students to try out in order to expand their repertoire and knowledge of poetry writing. Significant sharing of work in class.

Recommended preparation

A strong interest in language and a willingness to play with words. Background in any of the arts is often useful for creative writing--whether music, visual arts, or performance--as we will explore interconnections among these.

Class assignments and grading

Students will read a book of contemporary poetry each week, complete weekly poetic experiments inspired by the reading, give a group presentation on one of the books we study, meet with the instructor to discuss their work, attend and write a response to a public reading, and create a final chapbook of their strongest 8-10 pieces accompanied by a paper situating the work's poetics, or why we write the way we write.

Participation: 30% Group Presentation: 20% Response paper: 10% Final project and essay: 40%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amaranth C. Borsuk
Date: 02/03/2013