Student-Originated Studies: Poetics and Creative Writing

Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 quarters

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Poetics involves language as creative functions (writing, poetry, fiction), language as performance, language as image, and language as a tool of thought (philosophy, criticism). Our work will be to calibrate these various activities, which is to say find the relationships between poetic and critical thought.

Students are invited to join a learning community of culture workers interested in language as a medium of artistic production. This SOS is designed for students who share similar skills and common interests in doing advanced work in creative writing that may have grown out of previous academic projects and/or programs. Students will work with faculty throughout the program to design small study groups, collaborative projects, and critique groups that will allow students to support each other's work.

Program Details

Fields of Study

literature philosophy writing

Preparatory For

writing, publishing, and graduate studies in literature-related disciplines.


Fall Signature Winter Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First winter class meeting: Wednesday, January 11th at 10am (Com 360)

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


2016-11-16This program is accepting new students for winter quarter! Those wishing to join the program should contact the faculty and complete the signature requirements (see sidebar).