English 143B


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2017 Shoptaw, John

TTh 9:30-11 note new location: B40 Hearst Field Annex Creative Writing Workshops

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Our readings will come from a course reader available, after the first class meeting, at Krishna Copy (Milvia and University).


In this course you will conduct a progressive series of explorations in which you will try some of the fundamental options for writing poetry today (or any day)--aperture and closure; rhythmic sound patterning; sentence and line; short and long-lined poems; image & figure; stanza; poetic forms; the first, second, and third person (persona, address, drama, narrative, description); prose poetry, and revision. Our emphasis will be on recent possibilities, with an eye and ear to renovating traditions. We will also read a number of poems by graduates of my 143B sections who have gone on to publish books and win prizes.  I have no “house style” and only one precept:  you can do anything, if you can do it. You will write a poem a week, and we’ll discuss four or five in rotation (I’ll also respond each week to every poem you write). On alternate days, we’ll discuss illustrative poems in our course reader. If the past is any guarantee, the course will be fun and will make you a better poet.

Only continuing UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply for this course. To be considered for admission, please electronically submit 5 of your poems, by clicking on the link below; fill out the application you'll find there and attach the writing sample as a Word document or .rtf file. The deadline for completing this application process is 11 P.M, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27.

Also be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/2 Verse O'Brien, Geoffrey G.

Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/1 Verse Shoptaw, John

143B/2 Verse Szybist, Mary
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/1 Verse Shoptaw, John

143B/2 Verse Moschovakis, Anna

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