Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Honors College


Course information

The Reading & Writing of Fiction & Poetry
Instructor: Marie Potoczny, Anna Hodge, Laura Davenport

CRN's 17529, 20485, 20484 ENGL 291 Sections 701, 702, & 703
Time: MWF, 9-9:50; MWF, 5:30-6:45; TR, 11-12:15

Note: This is one of the six honors core classes. Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Freshman standing. This course is an introduction to the basic elements of writing poetry and fiction, using published examples of contemporary fiction and verse as guides in the study of literary form and the production of original creative writing. Students will write and revise a number of poems, at least one short story, and various exercises in both of these genres. Employing workshop discussions, in-class writing assignments, and analysis of contemporary poems and short stories, students will be offered a practitioner's perspective on genre conventions and the process of revision.