ENGH 619: Special Topics in Writing

ENGH 619-DL1: ENGH 619: Poetry Daily Fall 2020
(Fall 2020)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M


Section Information for Fall 2020

In this course, students study and write about the literary merits of contemporary poetry in English as it is published today via the broad range of literary journals and presses who submit to and are featured on the longstanding online poetry anthology Poetry Daily, which is edited and produced at George Mason University. (To learn more about Poetry Daily, visit www.poems.com/about.) 

On a weekly basis, students will read and evaluate poetry books and literary journals sent to Poetry Daily, select and submit poems from the week's reading for editorial review, and meet as an editorial committee in class to review those poems, a portion of which will move forward as features on Poetry Daily. In addition to the members of the class, these weekly meetings (“Editorial Review”) may also include members of the Poetry Daily team (who work on production, scheduling, and fundraising), poetry faculty, guest editors, and interested community members, making it a particularly rich and singular opportunity to discuss contemporary poetry.

Because Poetry Daily is a live, daily publication, concerns related to editorial review and digital publishing are in constant flux. Topics may include: the relation between US poetry and global poetry in English, questions regarding equity and diversity in poetry publishing, copyright issues, inclusivity, accounting for taste, and much more. Given the current health crisis and the number of instructors teaching poetry online, I would like to spend a portion of Fall 2020’s class considering how to incorporate Open Educational Resources into Poetry Daily’s offerings. Students may be involved in writing sample lesson plans, researching effective modes of teaching poetry online, and even working on the website.

Students will complete a semester long writing project which will incorporate their own literary interest (and/or creative writing) with the work of Poetry Daily.

ENGH 619 DL1 is a distance education section that meets synchronously. Students should expect to be online during the days and times scheduled.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Workshop course. Intensive practice in creative writing and study of creative process. Concentrates on specialized literary type other than short story, such as essay, playwriting, film writing, children's literature, travel literature, autobiography, gothic novel, and translation. Notes: Intended for students already writing original creative work. Other interested graduate students should contact the English department at (703) 993-1180. May be repeated for credit with permission of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 30 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Intended for students already writing original creative work.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Creative Writing.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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