Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Course Schedules

The courses listed here are the introductory and advanced workshops that fulfill the creative writing concentration. For a full list of English Department undergraduate courses, see here.

Fall 2020
Spring 2021 

 

Fall 2020 Courses

ENGL 317 The Writing of Poetry

Section: 001   #1625
Instructor: A. Baker
3.0 credit hours Seminar
M 4:15–6:45 PM LSC

This course offers practice and instruction in the techniques and analysis of poetry through reading, writing, discussing, and revising poems. We will give particular attention to the unique challenges and opportunities facing beginning poets as we first seek to channel our ideas and life experiences into poetry, to find and then develop our own voices in relation to not only our own impulses but to "the tradition" and the aesthetically diverse and fascinating world of contemporary poetry. The poems you write will be carefully read and critiqued by both your classmates and the instructor. The culmination of the course will be to compile a portfolio of the work you have written over the term.

Section: 002    #2574
Instructor: L. Goldstein
3.0 credit hours Seminar
W 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

This course approaches the writing of poetry as both a study and craft that requires reading, exploration, practice, and sharing. We read a unique work of contemporary poetry each week as a framework for discussion, but the core of the course is student writing. The workshop element of the course is focused on experimentation with language to foster each student’s own creativity and delight in creating work both as a group and on their own. Our work includes in-class collective and collaborative writing experiments, prompts for writing in between sessions, and presentations of student poetry for review by the group. Students produce a final collection of poetry in a self-published chapbook and give a reading of their work for the final.

Section: 003   #4616
Instructor: P. Sorenson
3.0 credit hours Seminar
F 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

This course aligns poetry writing with the reading of poetry and the exploration of poetic practices both old and new. Through outside reading, students will question their relationships to contemporary modes and cultures. Thus, students will further develop their own voices, styles, and methods of production, and they will begin to situate their craft in the larger poetic world. Weekly class meetings will center on discussions and presentations of outside materials, in-class writing and writing experiments, discussions of student-generated poetry, and collaborative writing.  In addition to regular writing assignments and in-class presentations, students will develop a portfolio by semester’s end. 

 

ENGL 318   The Writing of Fiction

Section: 001   #2241
Instructor: TBA
3.0 credit hours Seminar
M 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

 

Section: 003   #4618
Instructor: TBA
3.0 credit hours Seminar
W 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

 

Section: 004   #5808
Instructor: H. Axelrod
3.0 credit hours Seminar
F 2:45-5:15 PM LSC

This is a workshop class in fiction. Students will learn to become better readers and writers of fiction by learning how to attend to structure, character, imagery, dialogue and other craft elements as we analyze how writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Denis Johnson, Jhumpa Lahiri, and others create stories that resonate with the stories of our own lives. What makes a character stay with us? What makes a metaphor work? What makes dialogue sound believable? What is the difference between suspense and surprise?

Students will write three original short stories, and will learn how to critique each other’s stories in class as part of a supportive workshop environment. Class participation is emphasized. Fulfills a Core Expressive Arts Requirement.

 

Section: 600   #4617
Instructor: M. Meinhardt
3.0 credit hours Seminar
T 7:00–9:30 PM LSC

This advanced writing workshop for fiction will explore traditional and contemporary flash fiction, short story, and novel (chapter) forms. Vocabulary, criticism, genre, and rhetoric will fuel a keen attention to the dynamics of both reading and writing fiction for personal and perhaps even artistic purposes. Character engagement, tone, and structural awareness will guide the development of each writer’s ‘voice’ through the development of creative writing designed to both explore and perform on the page. All students will write flash fiction and short story forms, but the novel start (or chapter) is optional. Old and new classics start the class off, but we shift very quickly to student writing and finish with attention to publication awareness and preparation. This workshop develops both new and experienced writers of fiction and satisfies the core expressive arts requirement!

 

ENGL 319 Writing Creative Nonfiction

Section: 001   #2873
Instructor: N. Kenney Johnstone
3.0 credit hours Seminar
W 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

The Importance of the Personal Essay

Personal essays allow writers to share unique experiences while communicating universal truths. They also have the power to spark important conversations and foster awareness. In this class, students will study and write five different forms of the personal essay. By reading and analyzing contemporary published models, students will deepen their learning of traditional and innovative creative nonfiction methods. Students will then write creative nonfiction pieces and participate in workshops of their classmates' writing.​ 

Section: 002   #5809
Instructor: H. Axelrod
3.0 credit hours Seminar
R 2:30–5:00 PM LSC

This is a workshop course in creative nonfiction, the fastest growing genre in publishing. It’s thriving in personal essay columns in magazines and newspapers, in memoirs, and in new hybrid forms. We’ll focus on personal essay and memoir, learning how to write about moments, activities, and relationships in your lives that have given you pause, stayed with you, and left you with questions. Among other craft elements, you’ll learn the distinction between I-narrator and I-character, between exposition and scene, and how to move from the situation—the facts of what happened—to finding insight and meaning through story.

In class, we’ll read, analyze, and discuss the works of creative nonfiction writers as models for your own writing. This is a workshop, so you’ll hear from each other what’s working on the page in your own writing and what isn’t—which will help develop your ear as you read and your instincts as you write. You’ll also learn to offer thoughtful commentary on the work of your classmates. The goal is for you to become a better reader and writer of creative nonfiction.

 

ENGL 397 Advanced Writing Workshop: Poetry

Section: 01W #1718
Instructor: A. Baker
3.0 credit hours Seminar
T 2:45- 5:15 PM

In this advanced poetry workshop, we will seek to deepen our engagement with poetry as an art form—both as readers and writers. Through reading, writing, and workshopping, we will grow more familiar with the anatomy and texture of poetry: image, word, voice, syntactical configurations, rhetorical devices— stanza, line, punctuation, and page. Your work will be given a great deal of individual attention in our workshops, and you will be offered the opportunity to work very closely with the instructor as you write and revise your final project for the course—a portfolio of your best work.

ENGL 397-01W #1718 is a writing intensive class.

 

Spring 2021 Courses (planned)

ENGL 317 The Writing of Poetry

Section: 001   #1312
Instructor: A. Baker
3.0 credit hours Seminar
T 2:30–5:00 PM LSC

Section: 002    #1313
Instructor: L. Goldstein
3.0 credit hours Seminar
W 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

Section: 003   #4466
Instructor: P. Sorenson
3.0 credit hours Seminar
F 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

 

ENGL 318   The Writing of Fiction

Section: 001   #1314
Instructor: TBA
3.0 credit hours Seminar
M 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

Section: 002   #2185
Instructor: TBA
3.0 credit hours Seminar
W 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

Section: 600   #2186
Instructor: M. Meinhardt
3.0 credit hours Seminar
T 7:00–9:30 PM LSC

 

ENGL 319 Writing Creative Nonfiction

Section: 001   #1813
Instructor: H. Axelrod
3.0 credit hours Seminar
R 2:30–5:00 PM LSC

Section: 001   #5128
Instructor: N. Kenney Johnstone
3.0 credit hours Seminar
W 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

 

ENGL 392 Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Section: 01W #3365
Instructor: H. Axelrod
3.0 credit hours Seminar
M 2:45–5:15 PM LSC

 

ENGL 398 Advanced Writing: Fiction

Section: 01W #1342
Instructor: TBA
3.0 credit hours Lecture
W 2:45 PM – 5:15 PM LSC