Summer School

First Session, May 17-June 25, 2021

The 2021 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 23, 2021.

Second Session, June 28-August 6, 2021

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 4:45-6:15 p.m., Online
Nick Sturm

This class is an opportunity to generate new creative work in a collaborative, critical setting. In order to develop the relationship between creative reading practices and creative writing practices, we will read and discuss books by a number of 20th-century and contemporary American poets whose work will guide our discussion of poetic techniques and aesthetic practices. We will study these poets in order to explore our own interests, intentions, and practices as writers. In particular, we will explore and critique the concept of "other lineages," of the various micro-traditions and aesthetic affiliations that exist between poets. Students should expect to devote themselves to a practice of reading and writing, and be prepared for mature discussions of complex material. We will write new poems in correspondence with the material we read, complete questionnaires to accompany each book, create a poetics statement, and produce digital chapbooks at the end of the course.

Texts (may be purchased in either hardcopy or digital format):

My Life, Lyn Hejinian
Midwinter Day, Bernadette Mayer  
Of Being Dispersed, Simone White
Provided as PDFs: selections from the work of Amiri Baraka, Jack Spicer, Federico Garcia Lorca, George Oppen, Alice Notley, and others

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. 


Participation and Discussion: 35%
Questionnaires: 25%
Chapbook: 25%
Poetics Statements: 25%



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

Time and location:
Tuesday/Thursday 11:30-1:00 p.m., Online
Andrew Plattner
In Introduction to Fiction Writing, students will be assigned to read short stories by writers such as Ray Carver, Grace Paley, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Anton Chekhov and Ernest Hemingway. Students will also be assigned to read the seminal book on fiction-writing, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, as well as a vast collection of flash fiction works titled Flash Fiction International. There will be short writing assignments tied to these readings. Each student in the class will write two short original works of fiction as well as a handful of flash fiction stories.

All stories 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. A traditional-length short story written for this class should run from 5-12 pages (typed, double-spaced), though said story might also be a little shorter or a little longer. No novel excerpts, please.

By the end of the term, students should be improved--perhaps significantly 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.


The Art of Fiction, John Gardner
Flash Fiction International, 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

Tuition & Fees

Emory College and transient students online courses: $1,327 per credit hour

Students in special standing (non-degree students): $2,433 per credit hour. Application for non-degree students opens February 5 and closes May 10, 2021.

Fees: $59 athletic fee, $75 technology fee; $91 health and wellness fee; $75 application fee for visiting non-Emory students

Students will need to access OPUS to review their charges, determine the amount owed and submit their payment online or in person (Student Financial Services office, Boisfeuillet Jones Center) and to avoid class cancellation for nonpayment. Student Financial Services has more information, deadlines, policy information, and refund schedule.

Tuition and fees should be paid by or on:

  • Maymester: May 17, 2021
  • Session 1: May 19, 2021
  • Session 2: June 30, 2021

Enrollment is not complete unless tuition and fees are paid. Students who enroll in person on May 19 or June 30 must pay their assessed tuition and fees at that time.


Emory Students

Emory College students may enroll for summer 2021 classes on OPUS beginning February 23, 2021. 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 17, 2021
1st Session: May 17, 2021
2nd Session: June 28, 2021

Oxford College Students

Advisement Required

Oxford College students who plan to enroll in Emory summer school must meet with an Oxford advisor to plan their summer school schedule before they can enroll. Email to schedule an appointment. Any enrollment or changes must be requested via email by sending a completed Oxford Summer School on the Atlanta Campus Pre-registration Form to

Spring 2021 Graduates

All Oxford Spring 2021 degree candidates planning to take summer school classes at Emory will need to inform the Advising Support Center for your Summer 2021 enrollment access to be granted.  If you have not applied for graduation, we will not be able to grant your access to enroll for Summer classes. 

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

NOTE: If you are an Oxford student planning to major in Creative Writing at Emory, and have already taken ENGCW_OX 270W Introduction to Creative Writing, ENGCW_OX 271W Introduction to Poetry Writing, or ENGCW 272_OX 272W Introduction to Fiction Writing at Oxford, please be aware that only one 200-level Creative Writing workshop will count towards the major. Students who have taken a 200-level Creative Writing class at Oxford may not repeat these classes. Instead, you should plan to take a 300-level intermediate course at Emory in Fall 2021. 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)