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

    490.670.06 - Nonfiction Workshop

    $2918

    Barbara Vanasco

    Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/30 - 8/22

    These general workshops give students extensive experience in writing and revising their factual work, regardless of topic or form. Submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor. Students typically submit two to four essays, articles or book chapters. Revisions, exercises and readings also are required. Students may take this general workshop or any specialized workshop to meet the requirement of three workshops for the MA in Writing. The 670-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    This workshop is a dual-location one, offered in DC and at Homewood simultaneously, connecting via video conference.

    490.714.06 - Essence of Place: Description, Detail, and Setting

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Monday 6:00 - 9:00; 6/4 - 8/20

    This craft elective, designed for students from any program concentration, focuses on how detail and setting combine with other techniques to create a sense of place in fiction, nonfiction or other forms. Readings come from travel, short fiction, memoir, science, novels, nature, poetry and creative nonfiction. Through reading, discussion and writing exercises, students learn how to enhance the sense of place in their own writing. This course counts as an elective in nonfiction or fiction.

    This is a hybrid course, with 6 in-class meetings in DC and Baltimore (simultaneously using video conferencing) during the 12-week semester. The other weeks students will work in small groups online using Blackboard. Dates of the 6 in-class meetings to be announced on the course syllabus.

  • Washington DC Center

    490.660.51 - Fiction Workshop

    $2918

    Eleanor Williams

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

    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.

    490.670.56 - Nonfiction Workshop

    $2918

    Barbara Vanasco

    Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/30 - 8/22

    These general workshops give students extensive experience in writing and revising their factual work, regardless of topic or form. Submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor. Students typically submit two to four essays, articles or book chapters. Revisions, exercises and readings also are required. Students may take this general workshop or any specialized workshop to meet the requirement of three workshops for the MA in Writing. The 670-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    This workshop is a dual-location one, offered in DC and at Homewood simultaneously, connecting via video conference.

    490.687.51 - The Short Story: Past & Present

    $2918

    Margaret Meyers

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

    This fiction reading elective begins with a brief review of the history and development of short fiction, moving to analysis of contemporary forms, trends and practitioners. Featured authors may include Chekhov, Carver, Paley, Barthelme, Munro and Dixon. The course focuses on intense reading, analysis and discussion more than writing assignments. Students also may be asked to make class presentations and to review a range of literary journals.

    490.714.56 - Essence of Place: Description, Detail, and Setting

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Monday 6:00 - 9:00; 5/30 - 8/20

    This craft elective, designed for students from any program concentration, focuses on how detail and setting combine with other techniques to create a sense of place in fiction, nonfiction or other forms. Readings come from travel, short fiction, memoir, science, novels, nature, poetry and creative nonfiction. Through reading, discussion and writing exercises, students learn how to enhance the sense of place in their own writing. This course counts as an elective in nonfiction or fiction.

    This is a hybrid course, with 6 in-class meetings in DC and Baltimore (simultaneously using video conferencing) during the 12-week semester. The other weeks students will work in small groups online using Blackboard. Dates of the 6 in-class meetings to be announced on the course syllabus.

  • Off-Site or International

    490.782.91 - Books and the City: Literary Dublin

    $2918

    Elise Levine

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/16 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/17 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/18 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/21 - 8/20
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/22 - 8/21

    Books and the City: Literary Dublin explores some of this UNESCO City of Literature’s deep literary roots— it counts W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Becket, and Seamus Heaney, to name but a few, among its own. In examining the interplay between city and writer, the course also considers how Dublin has shaped the works of some of Ireland’s most vivid and celebrated contemporary writers, possibly including Anne Enright, Colm Toibin, and Roddy Doyle. This residency course is based at the eminent and historic Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. The college lies in the heart of the historic capital, with its walkable Georgian squares and Royal Canal, in this city that continues to flourish as a creative center. The course week includes craft discussions and work shopping at Trinity, readings and talks with local Irish writers, and field trips. Possible trips include ones to the Dublin Writers Museum and the James Joyce Centre, the National Print Museum, and some of the city’s exquisite libraries to tour their special collections, including Trinity’s Long Room.

    DUBLIN: One-week onsite course July 22 – 29. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($2,918 + a possible increase for FY19) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes two receptions) + lodging fee for students who opt to stay in the Trinity College dorm ($450). Fees do not include food or transportation costs. If you drop this course prior to February 17, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after February 17, there will be no refund. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1 at 10 am to February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm.)

    490.782.92 - Books and the City: Literary Dublin

    $2918

    Elise Levine

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/16 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/17 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/18 - 8/22
    Saturday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/19 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/21 - 8/22

    Books and the City: Literary Dublin explores some of this UNESCO City of Literature’s deep literary roots— it counts W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Becket, and Seamus Heaney, to name but a few, among its own. In examining the interplay between city and writer, the course also considers how Dublin has shaped the works of some of Ireland’s most vivid and celebrated contemporary writers, possibly including Anne Enright, Colm Toibin, and Roddy Doyle. This residency course is based at the eminent and historic Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. The college lies in the heart of the historic capital, with its walkable Georgian squares and Royal Canal, in this city that continues to flourish as a creative center. The course week includes craft discussions and work shopping at Trinity, readings and talks with local Irish writers, and field trips. Possible trips include ones to the Dublin Writers Museum and the James Joyce Centre, the National Print Museum, and some of the city’s exquisite libraries to tour their special collections, including Trinity’s Long Room.

    DUBLIN: One-week onsite course July 22 – 29. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($2,918 + a possible increase for FY19) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes two receptions). Fees do not include food, lodging, or transportation costs. If you drop this course prior to February 17, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after February 17, there will be no refund. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1 at 10 am to February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm.)

    490.782.94 - Books and the City: Literary Dublin

    $2918

    Elise Levine

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/16 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/17 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/18 - 8/22
    Saturday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/19 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/21 - 8/22

    Books and the City: Literary Dublin explores some of this UNESCO City of Literature’s deep literary roots— it counts W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Becket, and Seamus Heaney, to name but a few, among its own. In examining the interplay between city and writer, the course also considers how Dublin has shaped the works of some of Ireland’s most vivid and celebrated contemporary writers, possibly including Anne Enright, Colm Toibin, and Roddy Doyle. This residency course is based at the eminent and historic Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. The college lies in the heart of the historic capital, with its walkable Georgian squares and Royal Canal, in this city that continues to flourish as a creative center. The course week includes craft discussions and work shopping at Trinity, readings and talks with local Irish writers, and field trips. Possible trips include ones to the Dublin Writers Museum and the James Joyce Centre, the National Print Museum, and some of the city’s exquisite libraries to tour their special collections, including Trinity’s Long Room.

    DUBLIN: One-week onsite course July 22 – 29. Costs = Graduate Non-Credit Tuition ($1,459 + a possible increase for FY19) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes two receptions). Fees do not include food, lodging, or transportation costs. If you drop this course prior to February 17, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after February 17, there will be no refund. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. Section 94 is available for alumni to enroll as non-credit, with the reduced cost alumni benefit. The course will appear with an "AU" to indicate the audit status on the transcript. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1 at 10 am to February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm.)

    490.782.95 - Books and the City: Literary Dublin

    $2918

    Elise Levine

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/16 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/17 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/18 - 8/22
    Saturday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/19 - 8/22
    Sunday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/20 - 8/22

    Books and the City: Literary Dublin explores some of this UNESCO City of Literature’s deep literary roots— it counts W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Becket, and Seamus Heaney, to name but a few, among its own. In examining the interplay between city and writer, the course also considers how Dublin has shaped the works of some of Ireland’s most vivid and celebrated contemporary writers, possibly including Anne Enright, Colm Toibin, and Roddy Doyle. This residency course is based at the eminent and historic Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. The college lies in the heart of the historic capital, with its walkable Georgian squares and Royal Canal, in this city that continues to flourish as a creative center. The course week includes craft discussions and work shopping at Trinity, readings and talks with local Irish writers, and field trips. Possible trips include ones to the Dublin Writers Museum and the James Joyce Centre, the National Print Museum, and some of the city’s exquisite libraries to tour their special collections, including Trinity’s Long Room.

    DUBLIN: One-week onsite course July 22 – 29. Costs = Graduate Non-Credit Tuition ($1,459 + a possible increase for FY19) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes two receptions) + nonrefundable Lodging Fee ($450). Fees do not include food or transportation costs. If you drop this course prior to February 17, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after February 17, there will be no refund. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. Section 95 is available for alumni to enroll as non-credit, with the reduced cost alumni benefit. The course will appear with an "AU" to indicate the audit status on the transcript. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1 at 10 am to February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm.)