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Registration begins for Spring Semester 2022


Registration for the spring semester will begin on November 9, 2021.

ENW 810 - 003 Native American Literature (CRN: 22592) – Julie Hensley

This cross-genre literature course will examine a variety of texts by Native American writers, including N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Sherman Alexie, Cherie Dimaline, and Annette Sanooke Clapsaddle (a 2022 Domestic Summer Residency Visiting Writer). Coursework will require regular discussion board responses, as well as a substantial final literary analysis.

Cross-genre course, Non-synchronous. Conducted online via email and Blackboard.


ENW 810 - 004 Forms of the Novel (CRN: 24660) – Robert Dean Johnson

An examination of influences on the contemporary novel in its varied forms and subgenres with a particular focus on Modernism, High Modernism, and Postmodernism. We’ll read canonical and influential works from Michael Cunningham, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ann Packer, Thomas Pynchon, Anne Tyler, Alice Walker, Virginia Woolf, and others.

Non-synchronous. Conducted online via email and Blackboard.


ENW 820 – 001 Fiction Workshop (CRN: 20741) – Nancy Jensen

The focus of this course is fiction writing. While the course text—On Writing Short Stories, 2nd edition, by Tom Bailey—focuses the study of craft in fiction through the lens of the short story, students may submit either short stories or portions of novels for workshop. In addition to roundtable workshop discussions of students’ original fiction, class work will include writing exercises, one or two lightning workshop rounds, and the analysis of craft in selected classic and contemporary short stories.
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Synchronous. Workshops will be held on Mondays, 6:30p – 9:00p (East) via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Some assignments may be completed via Blackboard.


ENW 820 - 002 Poetry Workshop (CRN: 20742) – Young Smith

A traditional round-table workshop where students will write 8-10 new poems, as well as critiquing peers’ poetry. Students will craft reviews of three contemporary poetry collections from a select list. Students will also revise and submit several poems to a literary journal.

Synchronous. Workshops will be held on Tuesdays, 7:30p-10:00p (East) via Zoom. Some assignments will also be completed via Blackboard.


ENW 820 - 003 Sudden Prose (CRN: 22199) – Julie Hensley

This workshop will embrace hybrid forms. Students may workshop flash fiction, lyric essays, or prose poetry. In addition to crafting and revising original sudden prose, students will critique classmates' writing and review two published collections of sudden prose selected off a list that includes, among others, Sonja Livingston, Sandra Cisneros, Russell Edson, Louis Jenkins, Amy Hemple, and Jen Currin.

Synchronous. Workshops will be held on Wednesdays, 7:00p – 9:30p (East) via Zoom. Some assignments will also be completed via Blackboard.


ENW 820 - 004 Thesis (CRN: 21015) - Robert Dean Johnson

This class does not meet together; rather, it accounts for the time you spend working with the director of your thesis committee preparing your thesis, public presentation, and public reading. You do not need to register for this course to work with your thesis director and may take a fourth workshop in lieu of this course. You must get approval from the program director to register for this course, so please email with your ID# if you have questions or plan to enroll.

Nonsynchronous. Meetings arranged in conjunction with the director of your thesis.

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