Summer School

First Session, May 20-June 26, 2019

The 2019 summer sessions of ENGCW 271W-1 Introduction to Poetry Writing and ENGCW 272W-1 Introduction to Fiction Writing are not permission courses. An application is not required.

Second Session, July 1-August 7, 2019

The 2019 summer session of ENGCW/FILM 378RW-1 Screenwriting is not a permission course. An application is not required.

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., 214 Woodruff Library
Michael Marberry

This class is a creative-writing workshop designed to help students broaden their knowledge of and exposure to poetry, while providing a unique opportunity for constructive feedback. For this class, students will produce original creative work (poems) in response to readings and writing prompts designed to challenge writers' conventions and habits. Moreover, students will be assigned critical projects (i.e. essays) that will further encourage exploration of contemporary poetry. NOTE: Each student should budget accordingly for printing weekly readings and workshop poems.

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


She Has a Name, Kamilah Aisha Moon

The Tradition, Jericho Brown

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver

What Is Amazing, Heather Christle

Deaf Republic, Ilya Kaminsky


In-Class Participation: 20%; Workshop Submissions: 25%; Workshop Comments: 25%; Book Reflections & Annotations: 20%; Final Reflection & Revision Portfolio: 10%

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

Time and location:
Monday/Wednesday 1:40-5 p.m., 773 Woodruff Library
Andrew Plattner

Students will be assigned to read short stories by writers such as Anton Chekhov, Jhumpa Lahiri, Raymond Carver and Lucia Berlin. 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.


The Art of Fiction, John Gardner

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


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/FILM 378RW-1 Screenwriting (4 credits)

Time and location:
Mon/Wed 1:40-5 p.m., 103 Rich Building
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 25-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, photocopying and Netflix. 


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


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: $1,581 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 8, 2019. 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 14, 2019
1st Session: May 20, 2019
2nd Session: July 1, 2019

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 2019 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 2019 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 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)