Course Descriptions

ENG 4316

Advanced Poetry Workshop

Jennifer Maier

Tuesday 3:00-5:20 p.m.

An advanced, peer-review workshop in writing poetry, this course will guide students, step by step, through the process of drafting, revising, and finally submitting their work for possible publication by a literary journal. 

Our focus will center on two questions:  1) What does it mean to think like a writer? and 2) How do writers develop a mature sense of audience?-- that is, an understanding of the ways in which the poet must be accountable (and interesting!) to a reader he or she may never meet. 

For the most part, we’ll be critiquing and revising poems already in progress; however, students will also be expected to produce original work, to memorize and recite a longer poem of their choice, and to review, in writing, a volume of poetry by a contemporary poet. 

Prerequisites:  To take this course, students must have completed English 3316 (The Workshop in Writing Poetry), or have permission from the instructor.

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