Introduction to Creative Writing

Discipline: English Writing
Instructor: Muldoon
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1355
End: 1510
Field Work: Day 3 - Antalya - Friday, 5 July | Turkey
Prerequisites: Some familiarity with the critical terminology associated with reading prose fiction, verse and drama would be highly desirable. Note: students may not take “Writing in the World’s Poetic Forms” in conjunction with this class. Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the practice of creative writing in the genres of prose fiction, verse and drama. The class will be built around workshop discussions of student writing assignments as well as the careful consideration of models by established prose fiction writers, poets and dramatists. Models will usually be drawn from the cultures students will encounter on the voyage. Through these discussions, students will consider the role of plot, characterization, dialogue and point of view in crafting compelling prose fiction and drama, as well as how lineation, figurative language, syntax, rhythm and imagery contribute to our experience of a lyric poem. Assignments will be based on readings of work by Alberti, Aristophanes, Boulanger, Calvino, Cavafy, Choukri, Colette, Cortazar, Dinesen, Hikmet, Holub, Ioannides, Kanik, Levi, Lorca, Montale, Ni Dhomhnaill, Pessoa, Rilke, Yeats and Zahrad.

Field Work

Country: Turkey
Day: 3 - Antalya - Friday, 5 July

The foremost Irish language poet, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, will join us for a visit to the Roman amphitheater.  The afternoon is taken up with a discussion of the impact of place on writing.
Academic Objectives: To introduce students to the context of dramatic writing