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WRI 125A: Poetry COURSE Catalog Description Provides opportunity to pursue advanced work in creative writing by focusing on one genre: poetry. With permission of the instructor, this course can be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: WRI 025 and WRI 090. Normal Letter Grade only. Course Description Following the introductory creative writing coursework, students in this course deepen their understanding and process of writing and analyzing poetry. Students connect to genres and hybrid forms of poetry in contemporary literature and place their process and production of poems into contemporary context. Students also negotiate their work in drafts, giving and receiving feedback both in and out of workshops. WRI 125A Course Goals: 1. Provide opportunities to explore contemporary literary creative expression 2. Refine understanding of writing conventions within literary genres through the comparison and application of aesthetic principles 3. Support aesthetic understanding and creativity in written and oral discourse 4. Provide opportunities to develop and revise a cumulative writing project WRI 125A Course & Student Learning Outcomes: Students will practice and refine their capacity to… 1. Understand and practice affective and formal qualities of different modes within a genre 2. Integrate elements of craft and genre conventions into own writing 3. Assess peer writing and provide constructive feedback, and modify own work by integrating relevant feedback 4. Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary issues within a genre 5. Identify some relationships between current writing projects and future creative writing goals Assessment Students will draft and revise creative & critical work (drafts, exercises, analyses, etc.), as well as work specifically reflecting on aesthetic awareness of the genre and the student’s work (a poetry manifesto, statement of poetics). A significant portion of the course involves workshop preparation & engagement, leading to intensive drafting of a substantial chapbook of poems or other portfolio work, accompanied by critical analysis, all of which is reflective of substantial drafting steps and revision strategies. Writing Minor Learning Outcomes WRI 125 is a writing intensive course that addresses each of the Writing Minor Learning Outcomes through extensive experiences with process (PLO1), rhetoric (PLO2), collaboration (PLO3), research ethics (PLO4) and craft (PLO5). Process, rhetoric, and craft are all served by reading and analyzing texts and students reflecting on their artistic and analytical process of writing. Regular workshop and feedback as well as understanding of genre and articulating one’s place in it satisfy collaboration (PLO3); as T.S. Eliot said, “good poets borrow, great poets steal,” and students in this course effectively collaborate with their sources of form and inspiration. Research ethics (PLO4) are surprisingly satisfied by rendering critical work that articulates a high level of awareness of influences on creative work from other authors. GE Principles Foremost, this course engages aesthetic understanding and creativity, particularly to contemporary literature. Communication to literary audiences is primary but students also frequently engage critical feedback among peers (workshop and peer review). Information in the form of personal research as well as qualitative readings about critical value of poetry and language lead to critical decisions reflecting both on student work and the work in the place of contemporary literature production. Diverse perspectives are needed to evaluate the different forms and means of production of poems, such as writing characters from points of view different from the author/student. The workshop format as well as class sessions are essentially teamwork, while the diverse perspectives brought to bear on character, narrator/speaker, and how these are received by multiple audiences and the society in which those audiences operate suggests fulfillment of the self and society aspect of the GE principles.