This 8-week course will investigate three basic questions: “What is poetry?” “Why is it important?” and “How do we do it?” From here, students will embark on an inquiry of the essentials of reading and writing poetry - and what makes poetry essential to our lives. Students will learn fundamental poetry terms and principles including rhythm, meter, form, and line by studying historical as well as contemporary poems.
In this seven-week fiction workshop, students will be given time and space to focus on improving their writing, building confidence and developing the discipline needed to produce finished stories. Students will write works of fiction and present their short stories or excerpts from longer works for comment and discussion in class. In addition, students will read and discuss assigned texts by published authors, both established and emerging.