Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

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  • Homewood Campus

    490.660.01 - Fiction Workshop

    $2918

    Eleanor Williams

    Saturday 10:30 - 1:30; 5/30 - 8/19

    Fiction Workshops concentrate on intensive writing and revision, with some required reading. As members of a general workshop, students submit short stories or novel chapters to their instructor and peers for critiques. Typically, two or three stories or chapters are submitted during a semester; revisions are usually required. Workshop participants also submit detailed critiques of their fellow students’ writing. We recommend, but do not require, that students take at least one general workshop before progressing to more specialized workshops, and we urge students to take workshops from different instructors, if possible. Students may take Fiction Workshop up to three times, although specialized workshops also can count toward the requirement of three workshops for a master’s degree. The 660-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    490.693.06 - Writing Memoir & Personal Essay Workshop

    $2918

    Alexandra Viets

    Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/31 - 8/16

    Writers have long enjoyed a major impact on contemporary thought by producing compelling essays about personal experiences, feelings, or ideas. In this specialized nonfiction workshop, students experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as explorations of the self. Seminal essays are read to clarify students’ thoughts and to help them develop their own voice and style in personal nonfiction. This workshop counts as one of the three required for a nonfiction degree. Enrollees must have completed or waived the nonfiction core courses. Fiction students may enroll only with program permission.

    490.745.06 - Voice in Fiction and Nonfiction

    $2918

    Timothy Wendel

    Tuesday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/30 - 8/21

    In this cross-concentration craft elective, students examine aspects of voice in fiction and factual writing, considering how style, point of view, tone, structure and culture all contribute to an author’s or narrator’s individual writing personality. Students use exercises to strengthen their individual styles or the voices of the characters they portray. Readings include novels, short stories, essays, articles and nonfiction books, as well as articles on craft. Class assignments may include response writings and original fiction or nonfiction as well as oral presentations. This course is the dual-concentration version of 490.683 Voice in Modern Fiction, which covers only fictional works, and 490.705 Crafting a Nonfiction Voice, for factual writers.

  • Washington DC Center

    490.662.51 - Fiction Workshop

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/31 - 8/16

    Fiction Workshops concentrate on intensive writing and revision, with some required reading. As members of a general workshop, students submit short stories or novel chapters to their instructor and peers for critiques. Typically, two or three stories or chapters are submitted during a semester; revisions are usually required. Workshop participants also submit detailed critiques of their fellow students’ writing. We recommend, but do not require, that students take at least one general workshop before progressing to more specialized workshops, and we urge students to take workshops from different instructors, if possible. Students may take Fiction Workshop up to three times, although specialized workshops also can count toward the requirement of three workshops for a master’s degree. The 660-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    490.681.51 - The Craft of Poetry: An Introduction for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

    $2918

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    Thursday 6:00 - 9:00; 6/1 - 8/17

    This popular elective course helps fiction and factual writers apply the techniques, vision and benefits of poetry to their writing. Through reading, discussion and writing, students explore the lessons of free verse and formal poems, especially their careful attention to language, rhythm, theme, and other tenets of poetic craft. This course engages those with experience in poetry, as well as those new to the field. As part of this course, students will write and workshop poems with their classmates. This onsite course also may involve some online interactivity.

    490.693.56 - Writing Memoir & Personal Essay Workshop

    $2918

    Alexandra Viets

    Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/31 - 8/16

    Writers have long enjoyed a major impact on contemporary thought by producing compelling essays about personal experiences, feelings, or ideas. In this specialized nonfiction workshop, students experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as explorations of the self. Seminal essays are read to clarify students’ thoughts and to help them develop their own voice and style in personal nonfiction. This workshop counts as one of the three required for a nonfiction degree. Enrollees must have completed or waived the nonfiction core courses. Fiction students may enroll only with program permission.

    Focusing primarily on memoir and personal essay, this course will also offer some instruction in literary journalism, and (depending on interest) some discussion of adapting nonfiction works to film.

    490.745.56 - Voice in Fiction and Nonfiction

    $2918

    Timothy Wendel

    Tuesday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/30 - 8/21

    In this cross-concentration craft elective, students examine aspects of voice in fiction and factual writing, considering how style, point of view, tone, structure and culture all contribute to an author’s or narrator’s individual writing personality. Students use exercises to strengthen their individual styles or the voices of the characters they portray. Readings include novels, short stories, essays, articles and nonfiction books, as well as articles on craft. Class assignments may include response writings and original fiction or nonfiction as well as oral presentations. This course is the dual-concentration version of 490.683 Voice in Modern Fiction, which covers only fictional works, and 490.705 Crafting a Nonfiction Voice, for factual writers.

  • Off-Site or International

    490.784.91 - Reading and Writing New England

    $2918

    Karen Houppert

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    From Emerson, Frost, Melville and Wharton, through such contemporary writers as John Updike, Marilynne Robinson, Tracy Kidder and Elizabeth Strout, New England is rich in literary heritage. This cross-concentration reading and craft course for the Hopkins Conference on Craft in Bar Harbor, Maine, focuses on a writer’s analysis of essays, poems, stories or books set in or written by writers from this region. We’ll cast a particular eye toward a sense of place, and we’ll look at how works grow out of the New England literary tradition. Participants write creative and reflective responses to the readings and discussions. This condensed course counts as an elective for students in any concentration.

    Special onsite Residency course in Bar Harbor, ME, from July 2 – 9, 2017. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition: $2918 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $146) + Seminar Fee: $275 + Field Trip Fee (includes dorm lodging, plus events, some meals, etc.): $605. Total: $3798 (plus possible additional $146 tuition increase). Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 490.784 Reading and Writing New England: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.

    490.784.94 - Reading and Writing New England

    $1459

    Karen Houppert

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    From Emerson, Frost, Melville and Wharton, through such contemporary writers as John Updike, Marilynne Robinson, Tracy Kidder and Elizabeth Strout, New England is rich in literary heritage. This cross-concentration reading and craft course for the Hopkins Conference on Craft in Bar Harbor, Maine, focuses on a writer’s analysis of essays, poems, stories or books set in or written by writers from this region. We’ll cast a particular eye toward a sense of place, and we’ll look at how works grow out of the New England literary tradition. Participants write creative and reflective responses to the readings and discussions. This condensed course counts as an elective for students in any concentration.

    Special onsite Residency course in Bar Harbor, ME, from July 2 – 9, 2017. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition: $1459 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $146) + Seminar Fee: $175 + Field Trip Fee (includes dorm lodging, plus events, some meals, etc.): $605. Total: $2239 (plus possible additional $146 tuition increase). Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 490.784 Reading and Writing New England: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.