Summer

Summer 2017 Creative Writing Courses at Cal - See two below and visit Summer Sessions 2017.

Please note that Creative Writing 120: Reading and Writing Poetry and Creative Writing 130: Creative Prose are only offered in the summer.


Creative Writing (CRWRIT) 120: Reading and Writing Poetry (3 units, LG)

Claire Marie Stancek

MoWe 2:00 - 4:59PM, Hearst Field Annex B1

Session Dates: 07/03 - 08/11/17

 
Class Number: 11284
Enrollment by Instructor Approval Only - See below.
 
This course requires advanced English language skills. Applicants should email five poems to Claire Stancek at cm.stancek@berkeley.edu. If application is approved, the instructor will send the student a permission number to enroll.
 
In this class, we will read a range of contemporary poetry as a means of strengthening our own capacity to write. We will think deeply about the rich and varied contexts inherent in the notion of “ongoingness”: ongoing past and ongoing present, ongoing war, ongoing racism, ongoing climate change, ongoing life, and (perhaps even) ongoing hope. How might these notions inform a poetic practice? Our struggle and aim in this class will be to construct an ongoingness that is thoughtful, nuanced, and open. To this end, we will divide our time together between seminar-style discussions of very recently published books of poetry and workshops in which we will share and discuss our own writing. Students should expect to post reading responses online, and to deliver in-class presentations on their reading. Over the course of the summer, students will write and revise a poetry chapbook, due in two progressively longer stages.


Claire Marie Stancek is the author of MOUTHS (Noemi Press, 2017), and Oil Spell (Omnidawn, 2018). With Daniel Benjamin, she co-edited Active Aesthetics: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry (Tuumba / Giramondo, 2016), and with Lyn Hejinian and Jane Gregory, she is co-founder and co-editor of Nion Editions. She is currently a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Claire Marie Stancek did an incredible job of creating a safe space to experiment, discuss and explore poetry. The class not only offered an opportunity to workshop pieces, it also provided an opportunity to learn from others. Claire was very helpful and encouraging throughout the entire process and made me feel capable and confident despite no previous background in poetry. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to challenge themselves in a positive and safe setting.” – summer 2016 student

“Claire Marie Stancek offered more detailed feedback on my creative writing than any other writing workshop I have taken at the college level.” – summer 2015 student
 
“This course was very beneficial to my growth as a writer and a poet. I enjoyed Claire Marie’s enthusiasm and genuine passion, alongside her presence as a working poet herself.” – summer 2015 student
 
 
Creative Writing (CRWRIT) 130: Creative Prose (3 units, LG)
Serena Le
TuTh 2:00 - 4:59PM, Hearst Field Annex B1
Session Dates: 07/03 - 08/11/17
 
Class Number: 11285
Enrollment by Instructor Approval Only - See below.
 
This course requires advanced English language skills. Applicants should email five pages of creative prose (e.g. fiction, memoir, personal essay) to Serena Le at serena.le@berkeley.edu. If application is approved, the instructor will send the student a permission number to enroll.
 
What do novels, memoirs, travel essays, children's chapter books, and the "Modern Love" column of the New York Times have in common? Can the reading and discussion of one prose genre aid or inspire our writing in another? In this course, we will investigate the core qualities of written storytelling. As we read from a wide variety of works (including our own), we will develop tools and vocabularies for the process of creative prose writing, as well as for the art and pleasure of workshop critique. As a student, you will build and revise a portfolio of work in the genres and styles of your choosing while giving and receiving intensive feedback in large and small group settings. You will also learn how to bring your work into the world through readings, publication, and participation in independent writing communities.
 
Serena Le holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also a PhD candidate in English. As a scholar, she writes on sound and modern poetry and teaches courses in 20th- and 21st-century literatures. She is particularly interested in intersections between creative and critical practice and is currently completing a prose and poetry memoir exploring cross-generational articulations of violence, trauma, and empathy.

"Serena Le is awesome, talented, thoughtful, understanding, insightful and every positive synonym of that. I am so glad I traveled 24 hours to come to the United States to take this course. She’s an absolute gem. This course has prepped me so well for the start of my writing career… Awesome course. I love Berkeley because of this. Not lying just gushing.” – summer 2016 student

“I would give Serena my highest recommendations as an instructor. This class has changed my entire trajectory as a student and as a person in the world.”  – summer 2015 student
 
 “Favorite creative writing course ever taken. Serena Le was fantastic, resources were helpful, course structure was rigorous, but manageable, and the general class experience was so fun and so educational.” – summer 2015 student
 

TO FIND APPROVED LITERATURE COURSES OFFERED DURING SUMMER 2017, compare the approved list of literature courses on the Creative Writing Minor website with the Summer Sessions 2017 Course Offerings.

Found an upper-division, three- or four-unit course you would like reviewed as a creative writing or literature course for the minor? Make sure the course is clearly creative writing (not expository writing) or literature focused. Then, send your documentary evidence, often a course description and syllabus, to demir@berkeley.edu.

Remember all courses you take for the minor must meet the minor requirements too.

Questions regarding a course? Contact the department offering the course or the instructor teaching the course.

Questions regarding the minor program? Contact Laura Demir at demir@berkeley.edu.