Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

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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 2019-20

 

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: winter

Instructor: Carolyn Smart

Description:  A workshop course focusing on the writing and editing of poetry. Students will attempt several different approaches to the writing of poetry, and should expect to produce approximately seven new poems during the term, including four directed assignments.

Note: Admission is based on writing samples. Submission materials should include a recently-completed 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 (smartc@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 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 (smartc@queensu.ca).

 

CWRI 397 001/3.0 The Literary Screenplay

Term: winter

Instructor: Armand Garnet Ruffo

Description: The dramatic screenwriting seminar and workshop offers students an opportunity to learn the craft of writing for film. The aim of the course is to provide students with a solid foundation for writing their own screenplays. The class will therefore be structured as both an academic seminar and a writing workshop. Students will present selected scenes from films, closely examining fundamental storytelling elements while working on a writing project. The goal will be to adapt an existing short story into a screenplay that adheres structurally and dramatically to acceptable screenwriting practice.  To facilitate this process there will be weekly reading and writing assignments. For example, you will be asked to provide a complete breakdown of your characters, to write a logline, a synopsis, and an outline.  As this course is designed to be part workshop participation and attendance are essential, and only motivated students committed to the workshop process should consider enrolling.

Prerequisite: CWRI 293/3.0 or CWRI 294/3.0 or CWRI 295/3.0