Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG289H1F - L0101

ENG289H1F    L0101    T1-3; Tut R1
Introduction to Creative Writing
Professor Robert McGill

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 716
Email: robert.mcgill@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: An introduction to writing short fiction and poetry. Lectures will focus on matters of craft, examining published texts with attention to form, genre, writing strategies, techniques, and terminology. Tutorials will follow a workshop format that focuses on the discussion of students’ writing.

Required Reading: Short fiction by authors such as Mona Awad, Eden Robinson, George Saunders, Pasha Malla, Angela Carter, Sheila Heti, Thomas King, Charles Yu, Jamaica Kincaid, Ivan E. Coyote, and Hanif Kureishi; poetry by authors such as Sharon Olds, Rita Mae Reese, Liz Howard, George Elliott Clarke, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ocean Vuong, Lorna Goodison, Roo Borson, Erin Moure, and Gregory Scofield.

First Three Authors/Texts:  (subject to change) Sharon Olds, “Late Speech with My Brother”; A. M. Homes, “A Real Doll”; Mona Awad, “Your Biggest Fan.”

Method of Instruction: Lecture/tutorial.

Method of Evaluation: Workshop submissions (10%); short writing assignments (20%); final portfolio and preface (15%); online and tutorial participation (20%); exam (35%).

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