Introductory English Courses Spring 2023

ENGL 209: Introduction to Fiction

Instructor: Brian Daldorph
45804 | MWF 10:00 - 10:50 AM | WES 4035 - LAWRENCE
47682 | MWF 11:00 - 11:50 AM | WES 4035 - LAWRENCE

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ENGL 220: Introduction to Creative Writing

Instructor: Whit Knapp
56699 | MW 11:00 - 12:15 PM | FR 113 - LAWRENCE

This course is designed to elevate your knowledge of craft within in the genres of poetry, screenwriting, and short stories. The coursework will provide you opportunities to expand and deepen your creative writing techniques and critical thinking skills through careful, thoughtful reading, writing, and critiquing. You will consider the language, textuality, and structure of the varying forms to better organize your abstract consciousness into concrete literary images for audiences to enjoy. To be successful in this class, you will be required to engage the provided texts and submit written explications or reviews. Work of this kind will equip students with transferable skills that will assist them well beyond the completion of their academic ambitions.

Instructor: Meagen Youngdahl
56066| TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 PM | WES 1003 - LAWRENCE
56067 | TuTh 2:30 - 3:45 PM | WES 1003 - LAWRENCE

In this course we will closely read examples of creative writing in a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and even hybrid texts that utilize elements from multiple genres. We will analyze these texts through a combination of group discussion and critical writing, paying particular attention to the writers' craft. After developing a strong understanding of a genre's conventions and contexts, students will be asked to put that knowledge into practice and produce original writing. Students will also have the opportunity to have writing workshopped by their peers. Graded work will include writing exercises, weekly discussion posts, and original writing in three genres. In lieu of a final exam, students will submit a portfolio of their revised work, along with a reflection paper.

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ENGL 300: Introduction to English Studies

Instructor: Doug Crawford-Parker
53719 | MW 11:00 - 12:15 PM | WES 4023 - LAWRENCE
55757 | MW 12:30 - 1:45 PM | WES 4023 - LAWRENCE

Where do texts come from? What kinds of relationships do they have with each other? How do writers relate across texts and across time? English 300 will introduce students to the main areas and methods of English studies—literary studies, creative writing, and rhetoric—by examining how texts relate, how they rewrite, retell, steal from each other. Pondering these relationships will allow us to contemplate the conditions of reading and writing across contexts, genres, and rhetorical situations. They help us think about what it means for a text to be fictional, poetic, persuasive, convincing, creative, engaging, boring, or even true.

Students will write three main assignments and as well as several shorter assignments and a final project, comment on readings in Teams, and create a short presentation. Students will finish the course with a fuller sense of what it means to be an English major or minor.


ENGL 387: Introduction to the English Language

Instructor: TBD
56936 | MW 3:00 - 4:15 PM | WES 1003 - LAWRENCE