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Creative Writing Poetry Chapbook Assignment


Syllabus for students spring 2018

Course Code:
EN231A revision 2.2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of establishment:
09 February 2012
Date of ratification:
14 June 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
14 June 2013

Course description

The course focuses the student’s awareness of imaginative writing craft in a single genre: poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction. It centers on the practice of intermediate to advanced technical and formal aspects of creative writing along with their theoretical and historical foundations, aiming to produce a writing student with an awareness of both craft and theory.

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: EN212E-Creative Writing I and EN213E-Creative Writing II.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:

  • has intermediate-advanced craft skills in a chosen literary genre;
  • is conversant in the history and theories related to creative writing in the genre of choice;
  • has knowledge of the practices involved in getting work published;
  • can show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives (environment, gender, and migration and ethnicity), as they pertain to creative writing.

Skills and ability
After finishing the course, the student:
  • is able to produce texts in the chosen genre at intermediate to advanced level;
  • is fluent in the style concerns of written English, such as punctuation and formatting;
  • can revise and compile a professional portfolio of his/her own work and examine it self-critically;
  • has acquired experience and practical knowledge in the workings of an online literary magazine through working on the Shipwrights editorial staff;
  • is able to apply knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives to issues pertaining to creative writing.

Critical skills and approach
After finishing the course, the student:
  • understands the relationships between critical and creative thinking;
  • is capable of producing literary texts;
  • is aware of editorial strategies in his/her writing and the writing of others;
  • has gained insights into the practice and theory of writing in her own genre;
  • has an increased awareness of the place of her own work in the broader conversation called "literature."


The student is assessed based on:

  • the submission of an end-of-term project portfolio and his/her progress on that portfolio during the term;
  • the quality of his/her participation in peer review and editorial skills in workshops and on the editorial board.

The total grade for the course is the amalgamate grade of the Creative Portfolio: 75% and the Workshop Skills/Other grade: 25%).

Course content

Students select one genre (fiction, poetry, or literary non-fiction) as a primary focus and produce a substantial work in that genre. The course concludes with the submission of a portfolio containing the student’s work for the term.

The course also provides an introduction to the business of publishing. Students gain both knowledge of and experience in publishing by participating in the publishing of Malmö högskola’s creative writing and literary magazine, Shipwrights. This opportunity comes in the form of working on the magazine’s student editorial board.

Learning activities

This is a workshop-centered course in the "studio" model. It features:

  • distance learning via an online learning platform
  • online writing workshops
  • formal, written and/or oral peer review at workshops
  • the opportunity to practice publishing and editorial skills on the Shipwrights editorial board
  • reading and exercises

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Required texts vary based on the student’s genre of focus.

Bailey, Tom. On Writing Short Stories, 2nd ed. ISBN-10: 0195395654, ISBN-13: 978-0195395655

Bishop, Wendy. Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem. ISBN 0321011309

Creative Nonfiction
Root & Steinberg. The Fourth Genre, 6th ed. ISBN-10: 0205172776, ISBN-13: 978-0205172771

Additional material may be introduced in the course, but no more than 100 pages.

Course evaluation

Towards the end of the term, students are required to give anonymous formal feedback in an online survey. The results are available for viewing by all students in the course. Students are also given the opportunity to offer oral feedback at various points earlier in the term.

Mahogany L. Browne is a California-born, Brooklyn-based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator. The Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae is the author of several books, including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com's Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs, including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off-Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada, and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines such as Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word, and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in the literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint, and The Feminist Wire. In 2015, she released several poetry collections, including Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books), and the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices, and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator, and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing and Activism at Pratt Institute.

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