English 71 Creative Writing
Time: TTR 12:00-1:15
Location: Sweeney 238
Introduction to Creative Writing is a 3-unit, lower-division course designed, adopted, implemented, and administered by the Department of English & Comparative Literature at SJSU in accordance with the University’s General Education Program Guidelines to fulfill Core General Education requirements in the Letters area of Humanities & the Arts. Good writers are avid readers and observers of the world. The focus of this class is on understanding how good writers write well. Hint: They exhibit a love of language and present a unique vision of the world. They are curious about how the world works. They write because they have something to say. We will be basically following the text I have required for this course, but you will also have other assignments that require sharpening your powers of observation and deepening your capacity for reflection.
Meet in SH 229 for the first two classes. That way, we can get up to speed on the systems we are using and work on any problems with technology. My office hours are 10:30-11:30 TTR. The text is Sellers, Heather. ___The Practice of Creative Writing, 2nd Edition___. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2013. ISBN: 9780312-67602-5
There are so many great resources online for writers. One comes with our text, The Practice of Creative Writing by Heather Sellers. There are interviews there, as well as useful tips. Poets. org is another great resource. Poets and Writers is a good one if you are looking for a place to publish. Our own Reed Magazine is a great place to see the work of others.
- Bedford site for TPCW student resources
- Best Poetry site
- Reed magazine site
- Publications by English Department SJSU faculty
- Campus map
The syllabus is comprehensive. Everything you need to know should be there. . You will need to register for the generic version of mywritinglab. Instructions are on the syllabus and will be posted here. You will see what is expected and a chart of deliverables. How I grade is there, as well. I really look forward to meeting all and reading your work.The syllabus can also be found on mywritinglab under "Shared Documents." Office Hours are 10:30-11:15 and by appointment.