Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

English Language and Literature

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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.

 

 

Course Descriptions

Creative Writing Course Descriptions 2017-18

 

CWRI 293 001/3.0 Creative Writing in Prose *FULL*

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. This course is now full.

 

CWRI 293 001/3.0 Creative Writing in Prose

Term: winter

Instructor: Armand Garnet Ruffo

Description: This workshop course will focus on the writing and editing of short “hybrid” forms of prose that draw upon the techniques of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Students will engage in a number of creative writing exercises ranging from post-card fiction to “life-writing.”  The goal of this workshop is to introduce students to alternative forms of prose writing, while providing a structured, supportive environment for developing their creative writing potential.

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

 

CWRI 294 001/3.0 Creative Writing in Poetry

Term: winter

Instructor: Carolyn Smart

Description: A workshop course focusing on the writing and editing of poetry. Students attempt several different forms within the poetic genre and complete the course with a formal submission for publication in a magazine. There are lectures on editing, publishing, and public performance.

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

 

CWRI 295 001/3.0 Creative Writing I *FULL*

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. This course is now full.

 

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).