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 Courses Winter 2018/19 

Below please find our course catalog. We will update these pages throughout the break and the semester. Unless stated otherwise, classes start in the week of October 15, 2018.
Students are responsible for keeping track of updates on actual course dates (some are alternating).



Creative Writing

BA Professional Skills Module “Creative Writing: Imagining America” (04-001-1019)
(5 Credits)

Seminar & Tutorial

Tuesday, 3 - 5 pm, GWZ 3 5.15
Prof. Sasha Pimentel (Picador Guest Professor)


Seminar: Advanced Poetry Writing: Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, 3.15-4pm, GWZ 3.5.15

Tutorial: Advanced Poetry Writing: Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, 4-4.45pm, GWZ 3.5.15


In order to begin writing a poem writes Richard Wilbur, “there has to be a sudden, confident sense that there is an exploitable and interesting relationship between something perceived out there and something in the way of incipient meaning within you.” In this graduate workshop, we’ll work through your poems to mine that territory between the external and the internal, wrenching language down to rhythm and measure to arrive at what Denise Levertov says in a poem is not an approximation of an experience, “but the feeling of an experience, its emotional tone, its texture.”

In this graduate writing seminar, I’ll ask you to learn advanced skills in poetry by workshopping working poems written by you and your classmates, as well as studying contemporary texts—both creative and critical—in poetry. We will focus on: finding a poem’s organic form; creating complex meanings through line, language and whitespace; balancing momentum and resistance in poetic form; and developing rhythm and tension through syntax, punctuation, point of view, perspective, time, tense, sonic repetition and imagistic repetition. We’ll talk too about accessing Federico García Lorca’s poetic duende, how to arrive at what is truly “at risk” in art, in a poem, so that we may write as closely as possible to that which is ultimately unsayable—but necessary to say.

Please also see our news item for more information on this new module.

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