Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG289H1S    L0101    T1-3; Tut R1 or R2
Introduction to Creative Writing
Professor Robert McGill

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, Thomas King, Jamaica Kincaid, Ivan E. Coyote; poetry by authors such as Maergaret Atwood, Sharon Olds, George Elliott Clarke, Seamus Heaney, Ocean Vuong, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Gregory Scofield.

First Three Authors/Texts: (subject to change) Sharon Olds, “Late Speech with My Brother”; A. M. Homes, “A Real Doll”; Seamus Heaney, “Scrabble”

Method of Instruction: Lecture/tutorial.

Method of Evaluation: Workshop submissions (10%), short writing assignments (10%), final portfolio and preface (25%), online and tutorial participation (20%), exam (35%).

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