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
Mark Leidner

This is an introductory course on the art of writing fiction. We will focus on elements of craft such as dramatic structure, scene structure, character development, and description. The course will examine these craft elements in several sub-genres of fiction writing (micro-fiction, “genre” fiction, literary fiction, “experimental” fiction) to deepen students’ critical and practical understanding of these elements.

Students will complete writing exercises and read published stories in preparation for writing and revising 2 major short stories. Based on the critiques of their peers in workshop, students will produce a radical revision of one of these stories. This course will prepare students for intermediate-level workshops in fiction.

Students must have reliable internet access and a way to access Zoom synchronous meetings. This course is not recommended for students who are less than fluent in spoken and written English.


All course texts, lectures, and exercises will be provided by the instructor.


  • Participation: 40% (20% for participation and attendance in synchronous class sessions; 20% for written feedback on peers’ writing)
  • Writing: 60% (20% for minor writing assignments, 20% for 2 complete story drafts, 20% for 2 complete revisions of those story drafts)
Students must perform with excellence on all course elements to earn an A- or higher (excellence is determined by the professor). Students performing very well will earn anywhere from B to B+. Students performing well will earn from C+ to B-. Students performing mediocrely will earn from a D to C. Students performing inadequately will earn an F.

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)