ENGH 750: Advanced Workshop in Poetry Writing

ENGH 750-001: The Book: A Manuscript Workshop
(Fall 2022)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Aquia Building 219

Section Information for Fall 2022

ENGH 750 - 001: The Book: A Manuscript Workshop

This graduate-level, generative writing seminar, open to both third- and second- year MFA candidates in poetry, will focus on different strategies for organizing, developing, and presenting the extended poetic form we commonly think of, for better or worse, as “the book”—a product that some describe as the primary poetic form of our time.

One third of the course will be devoted to studies of published poetry collections—full-length and, possibly, a couple chapbooks—as well as secondary materials that challenge us to enlarge our concepts of what the book is and does, including essays by Roland Barthes, Wayne Booth, Michel Foucault, and others. 

The other two thirds of the course will be devoted to examining and commenting on each other’s manuscripts as these progress throughout the semester. As writers, we will craft brief statements of poetic intent (elevator speeches) about our work in progress as well as extended statements about our work. As readers, we will compose written letters in response each other’s manuscripts; lead discussion about each others work; and write brief synopsis/descriptions (blurbs) of each other’s work. All participants will enter with roughly 12–24 pages of an original poetry manuscript in draft. Manuscripts need not be completed by the course’s end; however, continued progress toward that completion is expected.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Intensive practice in craft of poetry for experienced writers. Notes: May be repeated for credit with permission of department. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to MFA concentration in poetry, ENGH 564, and ENGH 617.
Registration Restrictions:

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

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

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

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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