ENGL 375 Introduction to Creative Writing
A workshop on imaginative writing, with examples drawn
ENGL 376 Topics in Creative Writing
Workshop discussion and analysis of student poetry,
fiction, or drama (including screen-writing). Prerequisite:
English 375 or consent of instructor.
ENGL 494 Writing Autbiography
The intent of the course is to help students
write clear prose with a strong voice by having them
confront, evoke, and analyze material that they know
more about than anyone else. You will be asked to
write, by then end of the semester, a 20-25 page essay
on the nature of your upbringing. To build up to that,
you will write short papers on your parents, neighborhood,
values, cultural influences, life direction, etc.
The course will be run as a workshop, with students
reading their work aloud (if they so choose). Published
autobiographical essays will be read and discussed
as we go.
ENGL 376 Screenwriting and
Literature This class will focus on a variety
of literary genres as models for effective storytelling.
Films, short stories, novels, and plays will all be
used in this course, albeit the emphasis will be on
how the writers approach the craft of storytelling,
not how these works contribute to the development
of literary history or the history of ideas. Students
will learn how to use structure, foreshadowing, plot,
sub-plot, dialogue, character development, dramatic
conflict, and many other techniques to create a compelling
story that holds the viewers interest.
365W Playwriting This course will
focus on reading plays, writing scenes, and creating
a work in playwriting format through writing and acting
exercises that elicit scenes. A final project is the
writing of an original one-act play.
Evelyn Díaz Cruz
Evelyn Díaz Cruz is an artist and educator,
originally from the Bronx , New York with experience
in writing, directing, and acting. Ms. Cruz earned
her master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from
the University of California at Los Angeles . Recent
projects include directing Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath
, an adaptation of García Lorca's Yerma , as
well as the teaching of a performance-based course
Theatre & Community Seminar, which serves as a
Community Based Service Learning Experience. Her original
full-length play "Glass Cord" placed third
in a nation-wide contest offered by New York City
's Repertorio Español: Nuestras Voces for 2004.
She has worked with such theatre notables as Luis
Valdez ( Zoot Suit, La Bamba ) and Jose-Luis Valenzuela
( August 29, Luminarias ) and has organized, promoted,
and participated in the creation of original work
both in the community and at the University. Professor
Cruz teaches courses on Theatre of Diversity, Xicana/o
and Latina/o Theatre, Theatre and Society, Acting,
Theatre & Community Seminar, and Playwriting.
She is a member of ATHE, the Association of Los Angeles
Playwrights, and the New Dramatist Guild.
Dennis M. Clausen
Professor Dennis M. Clausen received his B.A. in English
at the University of Minnesota, Morris, M.A. in American
Studies from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California,
Riverside. Dr. Clausen teaches courses in all areas
of American literature and composition, including
U.S. Literature to 1900, U.S. Literature from 1900-1940,
Voice and Place in American Literature, Introduction
to College Writing, Screenwriting and Literature,
and Literature and Composition.
Dr. Clausen's publications include works in poetry,
fiction, and creative nonfiction. Many of his publications
are set on the Minnesota prairie, where he was born
and raised. One of these works, Prairie Son, was the
recipient of the Mid-List Press "1997 First Series
Award for Creative Nonfiction," and it was also
nominated for various national literary awards. Dr.
Clausen is presently writing a memoir of his family's
journey through a small prairie town in the last half
of the twentieth century.
Fred Miller Robinson
Professor Robinson served as Chair of English from
1991 to 2004. He received his Ph.D. from the University
of Washington and taught for twenty years at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches modern literature
and has written three books in his field, the most
recent being The Man in the Bowler Hat: His History
and Iconography. He is at work on a study of the interculture
of Ireland and America, initially funded by a project-based
USD University Professorship. Since 1994 he has occasionally
reviewed books on cultural studies for the New York
Times Book Review. He has received Distinguished Teaching
Awards from both UMass and USD. Professor Robinson
is also departmental liaison to the USD/Old Globe
Theatres MFA in Acting program, in which he teaches
Peter Kanelos earned his BA in Creative Writing from
Northwestern University, his MA in Political Philosophy
and Literature from Boston University, and his PhD
in the Committee on Social Thought at the University
of Chicago. He taught at Stanford and is now assistant
professor in the Department of English at the University
of San Diego, where he teaches courses in drama and
creative writing. Professor Kanelos has published
creative work and reviews in Poetry, The Gingko Tree
Review, Verse and other places. His latest projects
include a narrative score for Shostakovich and Hamlet
and a novel-in-progress, The Remembrancer. He has
been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets
award on two occasions and was named a Professor of
the Year at the University of San Diego, 2004-2005.
Dr. Kanelos is the coordinator for the Lindsay J.
Cropper Center for Creative Writing.
Gail Perez received her PhD from Stanford University
in 1992. While at
Stanford, she was a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing
Fellow and has
published poetry in the South Dakota Review, Pequod,
journals. At USD, she designed upper division creative
writing courses and
has mentored students who wished to pursue an advanced
writing. In addition, she was co-founder of the Ethnic
Studies program at
USD and is interested in the creative expression and
the cultural work of
people of color.
Jericho Brown holds a PhD in literature and creative
writing from the University of Houston, an MFA from
the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard
University. He is an assistant poetry editor at Callaloo:
A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters and
the recipient of a James A. Michener Fellowship, the
Cave Canem Fellowship, two travel fellowships to the
Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, and two scholarships
to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His poems
have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, jubilat,
New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other
journals and anthologies. His first book, Please,
will be published by Western Michigan University's
New Issues Poetry & Prose in the fall of 2008.