Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor of Writing
Maryland Hall 057B
Every moment, I am, without wanting or trying to, telling you to write like me. But I hope you learn to write like you.
Richard Hugo, The Triggering Town
I teach WR100 and WR230, and I’m co-advisor to Corridors, our newly-revamped, student-run literary journal. My Master of Fine Arts degrees are in Creative Writing, and my specialty is in poetry.
In my WR100 classes, you will learn to develop your voice into meaningful, descriptive prose. You will write several drafts that you will revise and review with your peers. This is not a test-based course; it is text-driven. I hope that this class allows you to see writing as a process. By the end of the term, you will see your voice transform from thoughts to points of discovery to claims you can attempt to prove through logic and reason. Click here for more information about my 2015-16 Messina course offering.
In WR230, we’ll look at the craft level of fiction and poetry, so you can develop your technique along with your distinct voice. We’ll learn about dialogue and plot and character. Then, we’ll move through the poetic tradition and make our way to the contemporary. You must know the rules in order to break them. You’ll complete writing exercises that help you hone your skills as a writer, and you’ll show some of this work to the class workshop. Writing itself may be completed in solitude, but you must have these words read by others. Moreover, in order to become a better writer, you must become a skilled reader. To this end, we will read a lot of work that showcases craft elements, and we’ll put these readings into practice. By the end of the term, you’ll have a dazzling final portfolio that includes your revisions of both poetry and fiction.
For publication information, please visit http://www.jenneknight.com