Summer School

First Session, May 21-June 29, 2018

The 2018 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.

Second Session, July 2-August 10, 2018

Emory College Summer School Website

Courses

First Session

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

Time and location:
Tues/Thurs 1:40-5 p.m., S104 Callaway Center
Instructor:
Michael Marberry

This class is a creative-writing workshop designed to help students broaden their knowledge of and exposure to poetry, while also providing a unique opportunity for constructive peer feedback.  For this class, students will produce original creative works (poetry) in response to readings and writing prompts, designed to challenge the writer's own conventions and habits.  Moreover, students will be assigned critical projects (e.g. essays, presentations, etc.) that will further encourage an exploration of poetry today.  Students will be expected to read and to write a significant amount of material for this class.  NOTE:  Students should budget for printing readings and workshop poems. 

Our goals for this class:  (1) To familiarize oneself with emblematic poets and poetry; (2) To further develop critical-thinking and close-reading skills in respect to established poetic tools, techniques, and themes; (3) To practice writing original poetry; (4) To respond thoughtfully, respectfully, and critically to others' writing in a workshop setting; (5) To cultivate a productive process for assessing and revising one's own poetry. 

Students will need:

Notebook for note-taking, brainstorming, free-writing, in-class writing exercises, etc.

Various handouts and readings provided by the teacher for classroom discussions.

Money/Budget for printing weekly readings and workshop poems for commenting.

Texts:

Thrall, Natasha Trethewey

A Distant Center, Ha Jin

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver

Thief in the Interior, Phillip B. Williams

Second Empire, Richie Hoffman

One additional poetry collection to be chosen by each student from teacher-approved list.

Assessment:

In-Class Participation: 10%; Workshop Submissions: 25%; Workshop Comments: 25%; Book Analyses & Annotations: 20%; Poetry Book Presentation: 10%; Final Portfolio: 10%

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

Time and location:
Monday/Wednesday 1:40-5 p.m., 121 Candler Library
Instructor:
Andrew Plattner

Students will be assigned to read short stories by writers such as Anton Chekhov, Jhumpa Lahiri, Raymond Carver and Lydia Davis. Students will also be assigned to read the seminal book on fiction-writing, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner. There will be short writing assignments tied to these readings.

Each student in the class will write two short original works of fiction. Each story will be treated in a workshop setting. The workshop is designed to both acknowledge the positive attributes of a story as well as identify areas of a story that might be improved. Any short story written for this class should run from 5-12 pages (typed, double-spaced), though said story might be a little shorter or a little longer. No novel excerpts, please.

Students will also be asked to write a handful of flash fiction stories.

By the end of the term, students should be improved--perhaps dramatically so—in their own understanding of the art of short story writing. This will be achieved through assigned readings, peer reviews, class discussions and the students’ own attempts at writing short stories. Students should budget for photocopying.

Texts:

The Art of Fiction, John Gardner

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merrill, eds.

Other reading assignments will be posted on Reserves Direct or will be distributed in class

Assessment:

Final grades for this class will be calibrated this way:

Short Story #1:10 pts

Short Story #2 : 10 pts

Primary Respondent Duties (2): 10 pts each

Peer Review Grades: 10 pts

Short Writing Assignments (8): 5 pts each

Final Exam, Revision of Short Story #1: 10 pts

TOTAL: 100 pts

 

Second Session

ENGCW-1/FILM 378RW-2 Screenwriting (4 credits)

Time and location:
Tues/Thurs 1:40-5 p.m., S104 Callaway Center
Instructor:
Michael Lucker

This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of writing for film. We will explore the basic elements of storytelling -- concept, character, plot, setting, structure, scene design, action, dialogue, etc. -- and how each is used in writing for the screen. Students will learn the various formats used for film scripts. Editing skills will be sharpened in discussion and evaluation of each other's work-in-progess. The course will concentrate on the development and writing of one 30-page screenplay as well as technical consideration of technique, character and dramatic structure. Classes will be conducted as workshops in which the main emphasis is on the students' own work, with also in-class lecture, film clip review, group writing exercises and open discussion. Students should budget for printing and Netflix.

Textbooks

Crash! Boom! Bang! How to Write Action Movies, Michael Lucker

Assessment

Students will be assessed on their writing skills and class participation:

25%: Development of screenplay

25%: Writing of first draft

25%: Class participation (discussion, reading, critiquing, exercises)

25%: Delivery of final draft.

Tuition & Fees

Emory College and transient students: $1,522 per credit hour

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

Oxford students: $1,494 per credit hour)

Fees: $54 athletic fee and $78 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.

Registration

Emory Students

Emory College students may register for classes on OPUS from February 9 through May 21. Students who do not register on OPUS should register at the Office of the Registrar, 100 Boisfeuillet Jones Center, on Monday, May 21, 2018, 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. for the First Summer Session (also the first day of classes) or July 2, 2018, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for the Second Summer Session (also the first day of classes).

Oxford College Students

Oxford 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. 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 271W Introduction to Poetry Writing at Oxford may not repeat this class. If you have taken ENGCW 270W or 271W at Oxford, you are now eligible to take a 300-level intermediate course at Emory, including ENGCW/FILM 378RW Screenwriting offered during the second summer session.

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)