MWF Workshop Schedule
T/Th Workshop Schedule

MWF Day-by-Day Schedule
T/Th Day-by-Day Schedule

1. Introduction

W 9/3
Peter Tuchi, from Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer
Assign Exercise One

M 9/8
Discuss Maps of the Imagination
Workshop Exercise One

2. The sentence

W 9/10
Emily Dickinson, “Tell all Truth but tell it slant,”
Annie Dillard, “Seeing”
Lorrie Moore, “How to Become a Writer”
Cormac McCarthy, from Blood Meridian
Assign Exercise Two

M 9/15
M. H. Abrams, “Figurative Language”
Bruce Andrews, “Species Means Guilt”
Issac Babel, “My First Goose”
Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”
Workshop Exercise 2
Assign Exercise 3

3. Figures

W 9/17
Michael Ondaatje, from The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (handout)
Charles Simic, “Fork” (on wiki)
Denis Johnson, “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” (on wiki)

4. Form

M 9/22
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130 (on wiki)
Harryette Mullen, “Dim Lady” (on wiki)
Michael Martone, Authors’ Notes (handout)
Richard Cohen, “Fundamentals of Characterization” (on wiki)
Barry Lopez, "Twilight" (located on library course reserve:; password: 3dAD)
Workshop Exercise 3
Assign Exercise 4

W 9/24
Donald Barthelme, “Me and Miss Mandible” (on wiki)
Carolyn Forsche, “The Colonel” (handout)
Kafka’s fables (course reserve)

5. People

M 9/29


W 10/1
Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” (wiki)
Janet Burroway, “Story Form as a Check Mark” (wiki)
George Saunders, “The Falls” (course reserve)
W.G. Sebald, from The Emigrants (course reserve)
Workshop Exercise 4
Assign Exercise 5

6. Narrative

M 10/6
W.S. Merwin, “The Last One”(wiki)
Frank Bidart, “Ellen West” (wiki)
Raymond Carver, “Cathedral” (wiki)
Joe Brainard, “I Remember” (handout)

W 10/8

Sandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek” (wiki)
Tim O’Brien, “How To Tell a True War Story”(wiki)
Workshop Exercise 5

7. Place

M 10/13
No Class—Fall Reading Week

W 10/15
Formal workshop discussion
Sandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek” (wiki)
Frank Bidart, “Ellen West” (wiki)

8. Formal Workshop

M 10/20

Stuart Dybek, “Farwell” (wiki)
Formal Workshop

W 10/22
Ana Maria Spagna, from Now Go Home (wiki)
John Keats, “To Autumn” (wiki)
Formal Workshop

9. Formal Workshop

M 10/27
John Berryman, from The Dreamsongs (wiki)
Elizabeth Talent, “No One’s a Mystery” (wiki)
Formal Workshop

W 10/29
Junot Diaz “No-Face” and “Ysrael”(wiki)
Formal Workshop

M 11/3
David Sedaris, "You Can't Kill the Rooster" (wiki)
John Hodgman, “Fire: The Next Sharp Stick?” (course reserve)
Formal Workshop

W 11/5
Theodore Roethke, “The Waking” (wiki)
Maxine Hong Kingston, from The Woman Warrior (wiki)
Formal Workshop

10. Revision

M 11/10
Wallace Stevens, “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (wiki)
Anton Chekov, “Misery”(wiki)

W 11/12
Jorge Louis Borges, “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote” (wiki)
James Tate, “Goodtime Jesus” (wiki)

11. Formal Workshop

M 11/ 17
Formal Workshop and TBA texts

W 11/19
Formal Workshop and TBA texts

M 11/24
Formal Workshop and TBA texts

W 11/26
No Class-Thanksgiving

M 12/1
Formal Workshop and TBA texts

W 12/3
Formal Workshop and TBA texts

M 12/8
Formal Workshop and TBA texts

W 12/10
Formal Workshop and TBA texts

Mandatory Final Exam Period: Tuesday, December 16th, 2:00pm-4:15pm

Sherman Alexie, “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” (wiki)
John Ashbery, “Some Trees” (wiki)
Frank O’Hara, “Having a Coke with You” (wiki)
Barry Lopez, “The Bend” (course reserve)
James Agee, from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (course reserve)
Dave Eggers, from A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (wiki)
John McPhee, “In Search of Marvin Gardens” (course reserve)
Brigit Pegeen Kelly, “Dead Doe”(wiki)
From Jen Bervin’s, “Nets” (wiki)

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