Creative Writing Studio Library

General Resources

The Wonderful World of Workshop

Instructions for handing in your work for discussion; reflections on the workshop method; tips.

Leaving Kansas: A Word to My Students

Fiction Checklist

Fiction Critique Form

Fiction Critique Form Instructor Sample

Poetry Checklist

Poetry Critique Form

Poetry Critique Form Instructor Sample

Writer's Link

Harmonious Confusion

Skittish Libations

Skunk's Elements of Style
(Classic guide to sentence style. Lots of practical tips. Helpful info. on sentence concision and clarity.)

Banned for Life
(Amusing and very comprehensive collection of the hackneyed and the cliché.)

Samples of Prose Style

About Poetry

New Media, Visual, and Concrete Poetry
(also links to book arts resources)

Form and Poetry

Why Yeats Can Make You a Better Kisser

Poets on Poetry

Poetry Form and Theme Collections

Surrealist Poems

Blackberry Poems

Animal Poems




Short-Short Poems (Poetry on Wheels-style)

Blank Verse

White Trash Haiku

Work by Individual Poets


Sherman Alexie

Ted Kooser


Frank Bidart

Elizabeth Bishop

Rodney Jones

Delmore Schwartz

Donald Justice

Dean Young

Dean Young (2)

Norman Dubie

Jorie Graham

Frank O'Hara (1)

Frank O'Hara (2)

Seamus Heaney

Tony Hoagland

Li-Young Lee

Sharon Olds

Stanley Plumly

Louise Gluck

Robert Pinsky

Theodore Roethke

Wallace Stevens

Addition Stevens Poems

Arthur Rimbaud

Charles Simic

William Carlos Williams

James Wright

About Fiction

Fiction Critique Form

Formula Fiction (for what not to do!)

Psychology and Suspense (again, just for discussion)

Examples of Style

Developing Characters

For info about fiction and form, see PPT in Bb

Works by Individual Fiction Writers

Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"

Some Questions for "Cathedral"

Tim O'Brien's "How To Tell a True War Story"

James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" (handout)

Alice Munro's A Bear Came Over the Mountain

Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

William Faulkner, "Barn Burning"

Gabriel Garcia Márquez's "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"

Márquez's "The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World"

Márquez's "Eva is Inside Her Cat"

Márquez's "Eyes of a Blue Dog"

Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities

A Collection of Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Guidelines

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