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 a variety of courses in creative writing taught by faculty members Carolyn Smart and Armand Garnet Ruffo, as well as occasional special events and one-on-one mentorship with a visiting Writer in Residence, and an annual series of readings with writers from across Canada.

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. Admission to some courses is by permission of the instructor(as stated in the prerequisite), 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 2020-21

 

CWRI 272 001/3.0 Writing Memoir

Term: winter

Instructor: Maram Taibah

Description: A practical course focused on personal storytelling. The student will look at different kinds of memoir and put a set of storytelling and writing skills to practice. There will also be a section about using memoir in the online space.

Prerequisite: Level 2 or higher.

 

CWRI 295 001/3.0 Creative Writing I (FULL)

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. Email your student number and a non-rhyming poem or short story, to Carolyn Smart (smartc@queensu.ca). Be sure to identify the course for which you are applying in your email. Early submission is encouraged. The instructor will be accepting submissions until the course is filled. Successful applicants will be notified by the instructor.

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

 

CWRI 295 700/3.0 Creative Writing I (ASO(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. Email your student number and a non-rhyming poem or short story, to Carolyn Smart (smartc@queensu.ca). Be sure to identify the course for which you are applying in your email. Early submission is encouraged. The instructor will be accepting submissions until the course is filled. Successful applicants will be notified by the instructor.

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

 

CWRI 393 001/3.0 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. Email your student number and your best short story (length and content determined is up to you), to Carolyn Smart (smartc@queensu.ca). Be sure to identify the course for which you are applying in your email. Early submission is encouraged. The instructor will be accepting submissions until the course is filled. Successful applicants will be notified by the instructor.

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

 

CWRI 394 001/3.0 Intermediate Writing in Poetry

Term: spring

Instructor: Armand Garnet Ruffo

Description: A workshop course in poetry designed for students who have some experience in writing poetry and participating in a writing workshop setting. The course will focus on the reading, writing and editing of poetry, in which students will attempt several different poetic forms and complete the course with a formal submission for publication. Students will be encouraged to work on a thematically connected suite of poems.

Prerequisite: CWRI 295/3.0 or permission of the instructor. Permission of the instructor is based on writing samples and a one-page letter describing any relevant experience you may have and why you would like to take this workshop. Early submission is encouraged. The instructor will accept students until the course is filled. Successful applicants will be notified by email. Email 5 to 10 poems and your letter, along with your student number, to Armand Garnet Ruffo (armand.ruffo@queensu.ca).

 

CWRI 496 001/3.0 Advanced Creative Writing

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 CWRI 293, 294, or 295 and received permission of the instructor.