Summer School

First Session, May 16-June 22, 2016

The 2016 summer sessions of ENGCW 271W 00A Introduction to Poetry Writing and ENGCW 272W 00A Introduction to Fiction Writing are not permission courses. An application is not required.

Emory College Summer School Website


First Session

ENGCW 271 00A Introduction to Poetry Writing (4 credits)

Time and location:
Monday/Wednesday 1:40-5 p.m., S104 Callaway Center
Phillip Williams

This class will serve as an introduction to reading, writing, and critiquing poetry. We will read poetry considered modern and contemporary while developing reading skills specific to the understanding of poetry’s prosodic elements (line, rhyme, stanza structure, and more). Students will craft a poem each week that uses formal strategies from poets we’ve read in class. Workshop will be thoughtful, respectful, and rigorous as we respond to our classmates’ poems, learn specific vocabulary and tools via the work of our peers, as well as build a classroom community of writers who support and challenge one another in healthy ways. Our readings will cover many poetic forms and poetic tropes in order to help identify for our own work how we use precise language devices to make external what is internal. Creative assignments will include a variety of prompts, hands-on activities, in-class writing, and class presentations on readings. This classroom will be a place of respect and high critical analysis; therefore, students should be prepared for intellectual conversations on sensitive topics and adult material. Class participation is an absolute must. Students should also budget for printing and photocopying.

The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, eds.


Creative Work 20% (weekly poems, revisions of work); Critical Analyses 20% (in-depth understanding and expression of reading material, class presentations); Participation 20% (engagement in class discussion, in-class assignments, personal conduct); Poetry Reading Responses 20% (weekly response papers on readings); Final Portfolio 20%

ENGCW 272 00A Introduction to Fiction Writing (4 credits)

Time and location:
Monday/Thursday 1:40-5 p.m., 121 Candler Library
April Lawson

This course is an introduction to the critical reading and writing of literary fiction. Students will study and critique the stories of contemporary master writers and write short stories. They will contemplate and discuss where stories come from, what constitutes a story, and why people like and need stories. They will study important aspects of story making—voice, character, character dynamic, structure, atmosphere, tone, tension, irony, POV, etc.—and use what they learn to improve their own writing and their understanding of the work of established writers. Students will write either one complete story of 15--25 pages or two complete stories that together amount to at least 20 pages. The story will be constructively critiqued by the class. The story must be thoughtfully revised. For one to become an effective literary artist, intense engagement with the work of other literary artists is required, and so for every class students will read at least one published story, often more. Short critical responses to assigned reading will sometimes be required. Short in-class writing exercises meant to help generate material will be given. This course will prepare students for intermediate-level workshops. Students should budget for photocopying and/or printing.


Fiction Writer's Workshop, 2nd edition, Josip Novakovich

The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami

New American Stories (Vintage Contemporaries), Ben Marcus, ed.


Students will be assessed on their writing skills, critical reading skills, and ability to create a coherent narrative. Class participation (including discussion, attendance, and critique of the work of fellow students) will constitute 30% of the grade. Written exercises and critical responses to assigned reading and/or pop quizzes given to determine whether or not assigned reading has been read will constitute 30% of the grade. The other 40% will come from the fiction students submit to workshop, revise, and turn in for a final grade.

Tuition & Fees

Emory students and Students in Special Standing: $5,712 ($1,428 per credit hour)

Oxford students: $5,214 ($1,281 per credit hour)

Fees: $47 athletic fee and $58 student health fee; $75 application fee for visiting non-Emory students

Payment is due in full on or before registration day for all students enrolled in Emory College. The university strongly encourages students to use the online payment function on OPUS. Payments may also be made in person at the Boisfeuillet Jones Center, room 101.


Emory Students

Emory College students may register for classes on OPUS from February 5 through May 20. Students needing assistance with registration should go to the Office of the Registrar, 100 Boisfeuillet Jones Center, on Monday, May 16, 2016, 9 a.m-3:30 p.m.

Oxford College Students

Oxford College students should contact the Records and Registration Office at Oxford College Registrar to register for summer sessions at Emory. Oxford students who do not pre-register should go to Emory's Office of the Registrar, 100 Boisfeuillet Jones Center, on Monday, May 16, 2016. Registration will be held 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. NOTE: If you are an Oxford student planning to major in Creative Writing at Emory, and have already taken ENG 270 at Oxford, please be aware that only one 200-level Creative Writing workshop will count towards the major. You may enroll in ENGCW 271W or ENGCW 272W if you wish, but it will not count towards the major since you have already taken ENG 270 at Oxford. If you have taken ENG 270 at Oxford, you are now eligible to take a 300-level intermediate course at Emory;  however, we do not offer intermediate courses during the summer).

Other Students

Registration Information for Non-Degree Seeking Visiting Students from Other Institutions

Registration Information for Students in Special Standing (non-degree seeking with a bachelor's degree)