Summer School

First Session, May 18-June 26, 2020

The 2020 summer sessions of ENGCW 271W Introduction to Poetry Writing and ENGCW 272W Introduction to Fiction Writing are not permission courses. An application is not required. Summer registration opens February 7, 2020.

Second Session, June 29-August 7, 2020

The Creative Writing Program will not offer classes during the second summer session.

Emory College Summer School Website


First Session

ENGCW 271W-1 Introduction to Poetry Writing (4 credits)

Time and location:
Tues/Thurs 1:40-5 p.m., Callaway Center S104
Katie Condon

Writing poetry has the potential to make us more emotionally literate, and inevitably renders our attention to the world more acute. In this creative writing workshop, you will learn essential craft tools and poetic forms that will help you become a more sophisticated poet. To learn these tools, we will read and discuss the work of 20th-century and contemporary poets who have mastered them, focusing on how their formal decisions communicate something fundamental about our human situations. In-class writing prompts will help you generate your own original poetry. As the semester progresses you will be expected to discuss and analyze your peers’ poems and poetic choices, as well as your own. One characteristic of poetry is its translation of human experience into art that lasts. Often, these experiences raise challenging questions. You should be prepared to read and respond respectfully to poetry that addresses sensitive and adult material. Please plan to budget for printing and photocopying.


All readings will be scanned and posted to Canvas.

You are also required to read a new collection of poetry (published in 2018 or 2019) of your own choosing and write a 2-3 page craft analysis. I will provide you with a list of possible options. Other handouts and supplementary readings will be provided. 


Attendance and informal writing: 10%

Workshop submissions: 15%

Workshop Commentary/Participation: 15%

Craft Analysis: 15%

Essay on Personal Poetics: 15%

Final Portfolio: 30%


ENGCW 272W-1 Introduction to Fiction Writing (4 credits)

Time and location:
Tues/Thurs 1-4:20 p.m., Candler Library 121
Susan Rebecca White

This workshop serves as an introduction to the writing and critical reading of literary short fiction for beginning students. Emphasis will be placed on “reading as writers,” i.e. looking closely at how authors craft their text. Attention will be paid to point of view, voice, setting and research. In addition to writing thoughtful responses to their fellow classmates’ stories, students will write several short, creative pieces in homage to published works. Students will also write a complete short story (15-page minimum), which will be discussed and critiqued in a constructive workshop setting. In lieu of a final exam, students will significantly revise their short story. Additionally, students will write and turn in a reflective piece on their process of revision. This course will prepare students for the intermediate workshop in fiction. Students should budget for printing and photocopying. This course is not recommended for students who are less than fluent in spoken and written English.


The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, 2nd ed., Lex Williford & Michael Martone, eds

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

Stories on Reserves Direct (please download and print)


Analytical and creative written responses: 20%

Participation, including attendance and reading quizzes: 40%

Short story + revision: 40%

Tuition & Fees

Emory College and transient students: $1,581 per credit hour

Students in special standing (non-degree students): $2,322 per credit hour

Fees: $55 athletic fee and $80 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 enroll for summer 2019 classes on OPUS beginning February 7, 2020. Students may also register in person on the registration day at the Registrar's Office (B. Jones Center), 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Maymester: May 12-29, 2020
1st Session: May 18-June 26, 2020
2nd Session: June 29-August 7, 2020

Oxford College Students

Advisement Required
Students who plan to enroll in Emory summer school must meet with their advisors to plan a summer school schedule before they can pre-register.  Students must bring their Oxford Summer School on the Atlanta Campus Pre-registration Form signed by their advisor to the Advising Support Center in order for our personnel to enroll students in Emory summer school.

Spring 2020 Graduates
All Oxford Spring 2019 degree candidates planning to take summer school classes at Emory will need to inform the Advising Support Center for your Summer 2020 registration access to be granted.  If you have not applied for graduation, we will not be able to grant you access to register for Summer classes.

Oxford College undergraduates should refer here for more information on Summer School at Emory.

NOTE: If you are an Oxford student planning to major in Creative Writing at Emory, and have already taken ENGCW 270 Introduction to Creative Writing or ENGCW 271W Introduction to Poetry Writing at Oxford, please be aware that only one 200-level Creative Writing workshop will count towards the major. Students who have taken ENGCW 270W Introduction to Creative Writing or 271W Introduction to Poetry Writing at Oxford may not repeat these classes. Instead, you should plan to take a 300-level intermediate course at Emory in Fall 2020. Contact Paula Vitaris at if you still need to apply for a Fall Creative Writing workshop.

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)