A Classroom of My Own

What you will find in this section is a combination of information for courses in progress and previously taught and some useful items for my students.

Course Information

  • Course Guidelines
    • Rather than include this in the course-specific syllabi, this is the information on grading, requirements and policies.
  • Current Courses
  • Completed Courses
    • Creative Writing 3036 Creating your Writing Voice 1 (Fall 2017)
    • Creative Writing 3037 Creating your Writing Voice 2 (Winter 2018)
    • Creative Writing 4126 Character Creation & Development (Winter 2018)
    • Creative Writing 4188 Memoirs & Personal Writing (Spring 2016)
    • Creative Writing 4251 Literary Translation (Winter 2017)
    • Creative Writing 7026 Crafting Short Fiction (Winter 2016)
    • Creative Writing 7180 Spoken-Word & Improv Writing (Spring 2019)
    • Creative Writing 7184 Dialogue & Visual Fiction Writing (Spring 2018)
    • Creative Writing 7255 Poetry Translation (Fall 2018)
    • Creative Writing 8021 Experimental Writing (Fall 2015)
    • Creative Writing 8031 Mashups — Writing Across Genres 1 (Fall 2016)
    • Creative Writing 8032 Mashups — Writing Across Genres 2 (Winter 2017)
    • Creative Writing 8034 Podcasting & Contemporary Monologue (Spring 2017)
    • Creative Writing 8043 Composing and Exploring Poetry 1 (Epic) (Winter 2016)
    • Creative Writing 8044 Composing and Exploring Poetry 2 (Short Forms) (Spring 2016)
    • Creative Writing 8045 Composing and Exploring Poetry 3 (Long Forms) (Fall 2016)
    • Creative Writing 8215 Writing In A Post-Gender World (Fall 2018)
    • Creative Writing 8224 Poetic Voice (Winter 2014)

It is useful to come back and check these documents for updates throughout the course. If there is a significant change, of course, it will be discussed in class and shared by email but it sometimes helps to refresh your memory. If you require a printed version of these documents, please let me know either in class or by email. I will not bring copies with me if you do not request them for the sake of many pages of wasted paper, ink and energy.

Useful Materials

There’s nothing here at the moment but I am working on getting things into a fit state to share with the general public from my speaking engagements and small-group seminars.


If you are also a teacher, you are welcome to any of the materials here to use with your classes. I would appreciate it if you would let me know you’re planning to use it and tell your students where it came from.

For any instructors browsing these course documents, it may be useful to note that the course number generally indicates the level of the course — courses beginning with 1 or 2 are introductory undergraduate, 3 is an upper-year course and 4 is a specialty undergraduate courses with more restricted entry requirements, 7 being courses for first-year graduate students and 8 being final-year graduate courses. Graduate courses in this system often double as course requirements for doctoral students with a student-specific increase in the individual submissions for completion of the course in line with the doctoral research that is being pursued. Some of these are multi-part courses, where the previous piece(s) is required before entry is possible into the next. While some colleges/universities label these as A/B/C/etc, these are usually indicated here by incremental course numbers (8043, 8044, 8045 in the case of the advanced graduate poetry composition seminar).