Spring 2020 - ENGL 472W E100

Advanced Creative Writing (4)

Rapid Environ.Change&Habitat Destruction

Class Number: 5484

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    AQ 5047, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Carleigh Baker
  • Prerequisites:

    ENGL 372 or 374.



An advanced seminar-workshop in the theory and practice of poetry or fiction. Genre varies from term to term. Students with credit for ENGL 472 prior to fall 2015 may not complete this course for further credit. Otherwise, course may be repeated for credit when the genre varies. Writing.


In this course, we will explore how to write fiction and poetry that confronts rapid environmental change and habitat destruction. We will take as our guide a selection of twenty-first century works of poetry and short stories that broadly engage with key themes such as place-based knowledges, civil disobedience, climate change grief and post-apocalyptic narratives. How do we write about climate change, and how do we ethically critique that writing in a creative writing workshop? Students will be expected to produce and refine a portfolio of work (poetry or prose) that explores these themes.


  • Class Participation and Attendance 10%
  • Presentation on a Poem or Story 10%
  • Workshop Assignments 40%
  • Final Portfolio 40%



beholden: a poem as long as the river. Rita Wong and Fred Wah. Talon Books. 2019
ISBN: 9781772012118

Rising tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times. Caitlin Press. 2019
ISBN: 9781773860183

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