Department of English

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Creative Writing

 

Carolyn Smart
Carolyn Smart
Armand Ruffo
Armand Garnet Ruffo

The Department of English offers several courses in creative writing for qualified students. All creative writing courses may count toward all English Plans, but you do not have to be registered in an English Plan to take these courses. Because our creative writing courses take an intensive workshop approach, they are limited-enrolment courses for which students may not pre-register. Instead, admission is by permission of the instructor, based on an assessment of a portfolio of samples of your creative work. Writing samples are to be emailed to the instructor.

 

 

Course Descriptions

Creative Writing Course Descriptions 2018-19

 

CWRI 293 001/3.0 Creative Writing in Prose

Term: fall

Instructor: Carolyn Smart

Description: A workshop course focusing on the writing and editing of short fiction, novels, and memoir. Students attempt several different approaches to the writing of creative prose, as well as the process of publication in both magazine and book formats.

Note: Admission is based on writing samples. Submission materials should include a recently-completed short story, and your student number, and should be e-mailed as an MS Word attachment to Carolyn Smart (smartc@queensu.ca). Because competition for these courses is fierce, the student is encouraged to submit their very best work, exhibiting a marked degree of polish and an attempt at logical, creative control of the material. Sloppy, incomplete writing and clichés are frowned upon. Early submission is encouraged. Successful applicants will be notified by the instructor.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor (smartc@queensu.ca).

 

CWRI 294 001/3.0 Creative Writing in Poetry

Term: fall

Instructor: Armand Garnet Ruffo

Description:  This seminar focuses on the writing and editing of poetry and includes a detailed discussion and analysis of the students’ work.  The majority of the time will be spent on the workshop process employing various models of poetic writing; however, a portion of each class will be devoted to discussing poetics and analyzing the work of established poets.  To gain entry into this workshop, applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of five to ten poems of varying lengths.  Those selected will be contacted by email the last week of August. Students are strongly advised to make an alternative course selection, as there are often more applicants than space in the course.  Portfolios should be sent to the instructor (armand.ruffo@queensu.ca) by August 15, 2018.

Course requirements: These include attendance and participation, a short seminar, regular writing assignments in a variety of poetic forms, and a final portfolio consisting of revised work.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor (armand.ruffo@queensu.ca).

 

CWRI 295 001/3.0 Creative Writing I

Term: fall

Instructor: Carolyn Smart

Description: A practical examination of creative writing skills, focused on the writing workshop. The student may concentrate on short fiction or poetry, or a combination of the two, throughout the term.

Note:  Admission is based on writing samples. Submission materials should include a recently-completed short story OR non-rhyming poem, and your student number, and should be e-mailed as an MS Word attachment to Carolyn Smart (smartc@queensu.ca). Because competition for these courses is fierce, the student is encouraged to submit their very best work, exhibiting a marked degree of polish and an attempt at logical, creative control of the material. Sloppy, incomplete writing and clichés are frowned upon. Early submission is encouraged. Successful applicants will be notified by the instructor.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

 

CWRI 295 700/3.0 Creative Writing I (CDS)

Term: winter

Instructor: Carolyn Smart

Description: A practical examination of creative writing skills, focused on the writing workshop. The student may concentrate on short fiction or poetry, or a combination of the two, throughout the term.

Note: Admission is based on writing samples. Submission materials should include a recently-completed short story, and your student number, and should be e-mailed as an MS Word attachment to Carolyn Smart smartc@queensu.ca. Because competition for these courses is fierce, the student is encouraged to submit their very best work, exhibiting a marked degree of polish and an attempt at logical, creative control of the material. Sloppy, incomplete writing and clichés are frowned upon. Early submission is encouraged. Successful applicants will be notified by the instructor.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor (smartc@queensu.ca).

 

CWRI 296 001/3.0 Creative Writing II

Term: winter

Instructor: Carolyn Smart

Description: This advanced level course is structured entirely around the creative writing workshop with a major component of editing and publication. The concentration is on short fiction and poetry, though memoir and creative non-fiction are options. There is an intensive focus on publication and editing in a class-produced anthology, Lake Effect, published by Upstart Press, a Kingston publisher, and launched at the end of term with a public reading. There will be several guest speakers from the publishing industry, and a formal workshop on performance.

Prerequisite: In order to apply you must have completed a previous CWRI course (293, 294, 295 or 295W) and received permission of the instructor (smartc@queensu.ca).

 

CWRI 397 001/3.0 Creative Writing in Prose: The Literary Screenplay

Term: winter

Instructor: Armand Garnet Ruffo

Description:  The literary screenwriting workshop offers students an opportunity to learn the craft of writing for dramatic film. The class will be structured as both an academic seminar and a writing workshop. Students will analysis scripts, short stories, and films in order to prepare themselves for writing a dramatic adaptation. Students are required to submit a sample of their creative writing (prose, drama or poetry) of approximately 10 pages. The portfolio should be sent to Professor A. G. Ruffo (armand.ruffo@queensu.ca) as a Word document on or before December 24, 2019. As enrolment is limited, students are encouraged to enrol in another class.

Course Requirements: These include regular attendance and participation, a short seminar, and regular reading and writing exercises on screenwriting, leading to a short screenplay adaptation.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor (armand.ruffo@queensu.ca).