Creative Writing Courses

Fall 2020

In the fall of 2020, the Creative Writing Center will offer workshops in both poetry and fiction, as well as other cross-listed courses in playwriting, song writing, and performance.

You can search the Five College online catalog for writing classes at other colleges.

Questions? Email Catherine Newman at crnewman@amherst.edu

previously:

Shayla I. Lawson
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).
 
Wendy Woodson
Requisite: Previous experience in composition in one or more of the central media, or consent of the instructors. Limited to 16 students. If Overenrolled: Priority given first to majors in theater and dance, music, and English, then to others with experience in these media.
 
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).
 
Benigno R. Sanchez-Eppler
Limited to 18 students. If Overenrolled: Preference given to senior, junior, and second-year English majors.
 
Ana Candida Carneiro
If Overenrolled: Priority given to Theater and Dance, Film and Media Studies, Art & Art History, English, and Music majors from the 5 Colleges.
 
Kirun Kapur(Section 01)
Limited to 12 students. If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).

It is normally supposed that something always gets lost in translation; I cling, obstinately, to the notion that something can also be gained.― Salman Rushdie

What can we learn about the craft of poetry through the practice of translation? How can engaging with poetry in another language (even in translation) transform our own thinking and writing? This class will explore these questions by reading and translating poetry from around the world and across the centuries. Readings from Homer, Sappho, Catullus, Montale, Ghalib, Mir and a variety of contemporary Arab poets will be augmented with a mix of essays on the practical and theoretical aspects of translation. Students will experiment with a variety of translation-inspired writing exercises and design a final translation project of their choice. There is no language requirement. 
Kirun Kapur's email is kkapur97@amherst.edu 

Ana Candida Carneiro
Limited to 18 students. If Overenrolled: Priority given to THDA and SWAG majors.
 
Thirii M. Myint
Requisite: ENGL 226 Fiction Writing I. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).
 
THDA-348 Moving Elsewhere: Performance, Poetry and Psychoanalysis
Wendy Woodson
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. If Overenrolled: Priority given first to majors in theater and dance, music, and English, then to others with experience in these media.
 
Eric W. Sawyer
Requisite: Students should have some background in music performance, chords, or writing. Limited to 12 students. If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to first-years, sophomores, and music majors.

 

Previously: Fall 2019

Kirun Kapur(Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. 
If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).
 
The Department(Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students.
If Overenrolled: Preference to theater and dance majors. Decisions made after the first class.
 
Min Jin Lee(Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Writer-in-Residence Lee.
If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).
 
Min J. Lee(Section 01)
Thirii Myint(Section 02)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. 
If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).
 
 
Anston L. Bosman(Section 01)
Catherine A. Ciepiela(Section 01)
Requisite: two years of college-level study of the chosen language. Limited to 15 students. 
If Overenrolled: Students will be dropped randomly to attain limit.
 
Shayla I. Lawson(Section 01)
Requisite: ENGL 221 Writing Poetry I. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. 
If Overenrolled: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).

Previously: Spring 2019

Kirun Kapur (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Amity W. Gaige (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Amity W. Gaige (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. If Overenrolled: Instructor will decide after first class meeting.
 
Shayla I. Lawson(Section 01)
Requisite: ENGL 221, Writing Poetry I. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Judith E. Frank (Section 01)
Requisite: A previous fiction-writing workshop. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Shayla I. Lawson (Section 01)
Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 16 students.
 
Susan E. Stinson (Section 01)
Requisite: ENGL 226, Fiction Writing I. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.

Previously: Fall 2018

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.

ENGL-222 Playwriting I
Karinne Keithley Syers (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students.

ENGL-226 Fiction Writing I
Judith E. Frank (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.

Requisite: Completion of a previous course in creative writing. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.

Previously: Spring 2018

Kirun Kapur (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Connie Congdon (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students.
 
Judith E. Frank (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Peter Kimani (Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 25 students. Preregistration is not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Connie Congdon (Section 01)
Requisite: THDA 270 or the equivalent. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students.
 
Peter Kimani (Section 01)
Requisite: Completion of a previous course in creative writing. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Preregistration is not allowed.
Admission instructions here.

Previously: Fall 2017

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Admission instructions here.
 
Karinne Keithley Syers
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. If Overenrolled: Preference to theater and dance majors. Decisions made after the first class.
 
Susan E. Stinson 
Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students. Admission instructions here.
 
Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students. Admission instructions here.
 
Requisite: A previous fiction-writing workshop. Admission with consent of the  instructor. Limited to 10 students. Admission instructions here.
 
Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students. Admission instructions here.
 
Catherine A. Ciepiela
Requisite: two years of college-level study of the chosen language.  Limited to 15 students.
 

Previously: Spring 2017

Daniel J. Hall(Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 12 students. Admission instructions here.
 
Connie Congdon(Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students.
 
Judith E. Frank(Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students. Admission instructions here.
 
Connie Congdon(Section 01)
Requisite: THDA 270 or the equivalent. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students.
 
PLEASE NOTE: FICTION II WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN SPRING 2017
 
Daniel J. Hall(Section 01)
Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students. Admission instructions here.

 

Previously: Fall 2016

Kirun Kapur (Section 01)
Limited enrollment. Pre-enrollment not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Djola Branner (Section 01)
Enrollment limited to 15; not open to first-year students; if overenrolled, enrollment will be decided after the first class.
 
Abigail N. Jackson (Section 01)
Pre-enrollment not allowed. Admission instructions here.
 
Catherine A. Ciepiela (Section 01)
Requisite: two years of college-level study of the chosen language. 
 

Previously:

 
 
 
 
Connie Congdon (Section 01)
 
Connie Congdon (Section 01)

Previously: Fall 2015

ENGL-221 Writing Poetry I

ENGL-226 Fiction Writing I

ENGL-388 Screenwriting

Chris Mason Johnson (Section 01)
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Preference will be given to English and FAMS majors.  Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 12 students.  Please complete the questionnaire to be considered for admission.