Each creative writing course at Notre Dame is unique to the professor teaching the course. As such, there are no generic descriptions for creative writing courses at the university. Instead, we offer a variety of teaching methods and approaches to the subject which students may choose from in order to best fit their specific goals. Below are examples of the courses offered.
Graduate Fiction Workshop
A fiction workshop for graduate students in the MFA in Creative Writing program, with an emphasis on students developing their own aesthetic and personal vision, juxtaposed to and within the larger movement of the contemporary literary world.
Graduate Poetry Workshop
Our goal in this class is to lock in on our vision for our own writing and help others to lock in on theirs. We will do this by reading widely and diversely and thinking about the aesthetic, occult and political powers of poetry in our contemporary and pre-contemporary publishing universes. We will read across cultures and languages with an open and receptive ear, eye, heart and brain, ready to be changed by poetry. We will think about poetry as a medium among media and we will test our ideas by encountering texts and artworks that we do not normally think of as poetry at all.
ENGL 90900-01/ ENGL 40900-02 Crosslist
“Writing+” is a hybrid writing and literature course centered on poetry and narratives that incorporate sound and images or space. One part critical reading, one part creative writing, this class will study literature that incorporates imagery, sound, and other non-textual materials by asking students to write fiction, poetry or criticism that incorporates imagery, sounds, and other materials as an inherent part of its message, story, experience. That is, the class will move through a range of literary art forms, from graphic novels to electronic literature. Along the way, students will be asked to respond to the works read in class by designing and writing either hybrid image-text fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or hybrid critical narratives, using the authoring tools of this hybrid literature. Rudimentary familiarity with basic authoring tools like a pencil & paper, a camera, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, iMovie, Scalar, Gimp, or html programming helps, but is not required. Collaborative work is encouraged, though not expected.
Practicum: Writing and Publication
A review of the current state of literary publishing in the U.S. and abroad.